Manchester born heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has been stripped of his International Boxing Federation belt after he refused to face Vyacheslav Glazkov and instead decided to face Wladimir Klitschko in a re-match.
Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Ludovica D’Angio
The IBF insisted that Fury faces Glazkov in his next match. But he signed a re-match clause with Klitschko, of whom he took the champions title earlier.
Lindsey Tucker from the IBF told BBC Sport: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt. Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Klitschko.”
The controversial boxer fears he will be removed from the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year Award (Spoty), after he stated politically incorrect comments.
Another Spoty nominee, long jumper and Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford was “worried about sharing a stage with somebody that had views that are so strongly against my own”.
After winning his title Fury had a long interview with Oliver Holt from The Mail on Sunday where he stated: “ There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s pedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalized?”
The rematch date against Klitschko has not been set, yet, and the future of his Spoty shortlist nomination could not end well. A petition has been set up to remove Fury from it, which has attracted over 125,000 signatures, according to The Guardian.
But Fury does not seem to bother much with his nomination or the award. He tweeted after his nomination: “Hopefully I don’t win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the best roll model [sic] in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it”.
Hopefully I don’t win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the best roll model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it, 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) 4. Dezember 2015