Tyson Fury’s promoters, Hennessy Promotions, have this evening released a statement announcing that Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO, WBA and IBO World heavyweight titles so that he can fully focus on his ongoing medical treatment and recovery.
Fury defeated the then-linear World champion Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf last November in a huge upset to claim the unified world titles.
A succession of outside-the-ring issues dogged Fury in the months that followed and culminated in his withdrawal from his refixed rematch with Klitschko scheduled for October 29th in Manchester due to mental health issues.
The statement described how:
Tyson values the rich and treasured history of the heavyweight division which has had countless legendary champions and believes that the titles should be kept active. Therefore out of respect for the governing bodies, the sport of boxing and the heavyweight division, Tyson has made the difficult decision to vacate the belts. This will also allow him the time and space to fully recover from his present condition without any undue pressure and with the expert medical attention he requires and his close family support.