Tyson Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to deal with his “medical treatment and recovery”. The Briton, 28, has admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression and looked set to lose his boxing licence. He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has twice withdrawn from scheduled rematches. “I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer,” Fury said. “I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active.
He added: “I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles.” In a statement, Fury’s promoter Hennessy Sports said the decision would “allow him the time and space to fully recover from his present condition without any undue pressure and with the expert medical attention he requires”. Mick Hennessy said the decision was “heartbreaking”. Uncle and trainer Peter Fury added: “Tyson will be back stronger from this” and “will reclaim what’s rightfully his”.
- 29 November 2015: Beats Wladimir Klitschko to become the WBA, IBF and WBO champion
- 8 December 2015: Stripped of his IBF title for failing to fight the mandatory challenger
- 24 June 2016: Postpones July’s rematch with Klitschko after injuring an ankle in training
- 4 August 2016: Charged with a doping offence by the UK’s anti-doping body
- 23 September 2016: Postpones rematch for a second time because he is “medically unfit”
- 3 October: Appears to retire from boxing, tweeting: “I’m the greatest, and I’m also retired.” Three hours later he reverses the decision, tweeting he is “here to stay”
- 5 October 2016: Reveals he has been taking cocaine to help him deal with depression
- 10 October 2016: Given extended deadline to convince the WBO not to strip him of his world heavyweight title
- 12 October: BBBofC meeting starts looking at Fury’s boxing licence
- 12 October: Vacates WBA and WBO titles