By Adebayo Williams
Tyson Fury is said to be willing to give up his World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association belts after news surfaced that he had abused cocaine. The British boxer was expected to be stripped of the title before he made the decision to relinquish the belts. The ‘Gypsy King’ hopes to be declared champion in recess, which would position him to fight for his belts against whoever holds them once he is declared fit. His uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, told BBC that they support the belts being taken while he recovers from his health issues.
This increases the chances of Anthony Joshua facing Wladimir Klitschko in December for at least one of those titles. Joshua’s IBF belt is also likely to be on the line in that encounter.
”We’re boxing people and we want to see fights and world champions. Because Tyson is ill, we’re happy for the belts to be freed, provided they can put him as champion in recess. As far as I’m concerned, and my team, that’s what we’d be happy with,” Daily Mail quoted him to have said.
There is still some doubt over Fury’s return to the ring though, with the British Boxing Board of Control set to meet on Wednesday to decide whether it will withdraw his licence.