Fury, 27, won the belt from Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko two weeks ago in Dusseldorf, Germany alongside the WBO and the WBO titles, but instead of fighting with the IBF’s number one contender Vyacheslav Glazkov, the heavyweight champion chose to face Klitschko in a rematch.
The IBF however, reacted on Tuesday stripping of Fury of the title for violating a clause in the agreement.
According to the IBF Vyacheslav Glazkov will now face Charles Martin for the vacant title.
The IBF rules states;
• ‘Because of the circumstances inherent in and peculiar to the promotion of major Heavyweight Championship Contests, the Heavyweight Champion shall defend his Championship within one (1) year after acquisition by him in a sanctioned contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against the leading available contender designated by the Championships Chairman,’ the IBF rules state
• Because Fury’s contract says that he will have a re-match with Wladimir Klitschko first, he breaches IBF rules stating he must face the number one contender
• what will now happen is Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (number one challenger) with face US boxer ‘Prince’ Charles Martin (number four challenger) for the now vacant belt. The number two slot was vacant and Tyson Fury was the number three challenger.
“It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt,” Chairman of the body Lindsey Tucker confirmed.
“Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko,” he added.
By El-Amisty Nobo/Newsghana