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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury stripped of his IBF belt

Published 09/12/2015 | 00:49

Tyson Fury holds his belts during a homecoming event at the Macron Stadium, Bolton
Tyson Fury holds his belts during a homecoming event at the Macron Stadium, Bolton
Tyson Fury signed up for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko rather than a bout against the IBF's mandatory challenger, another Ukrainian in Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Tyson Fury, right, in action against Wladimir Klitschko
Tyson Fury celebrates after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf to claim the world heavyweight crown
Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury celebrates winning the fight by singing
Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Britain's Tyson Fury exchange blows in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf
Tyson Fury celebrates winning the fight
Tyson Fury celebrates after being declared the winner of the fight as Wladimir Klitschko looks dejected
Wladimir Klitschko looks dejected after losing the fight while brother Vitaly looks on Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic

Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF world heavyweight title after refusing a mandatory defence, according to a report from the BBC.

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The British fighter, 27, beat Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on November 29 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.

But he has quickly lost the latter after signing up for a rematch with Klitschko rather than a bout against the IBF's mandatory challenger, another Ukrainian in Vyacheslav Glazkov.

The Klitschko rematch was guaranteed by a clause in the contract for their original fight, won by Fury in a unanimous points decision.

Klitschko was quick to take up the option, leaving his compatriot out in the cold and Fury facing the loss of one of his three belts.

The IBF could not immediately be contacted for comment.

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