Monday 19 February 2018

Boxing: Fury stripped of Irish belt for fighting under British licence

Bernard O'Neill

TYSON FURY is no longer the Irish heavyweight champion, according to the Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI).

Manchester-born Fury claimed the WBO Inter-Continental belt in England last Saturday after stopping New Yorker Vinny Maddalone in the fifth round.

However, BUI president Mel Christle, a two-time Irish Elite champion, yesterday confirmed that Fury had been stripped of his Irish crown because he fought under a British licence against Maddalone.

Undefeated Fury won the then vacant Irish belt in April after a fifth-round stoppage of Martin Rogan in Belfast.

Meanwhile, Henry Coyle will defend his WBF light- middleweight world title against Argentina's Marcelo Rodriguez at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on August 17.

Mayo native Coyle, nicknamed 'The Western Warrior', stopped Italy's Elio Cotena at the same venue last year to secure the WBF belt.

"Winning the WBF title was undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date," said Coyle. "To win the title in front of my own fans in Castlebar was a dream come true and I'll be looking to deliver a repeat performance next month."

Irish Independent

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