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Three Days After Announcing Comeback: Tyson Fury could be stripped of world title in two weeks after retirement claim

Tyson Fury has been given just under two weeks to decide whether to vacate his heavyweight world title.

Fury announced his latest retirement on Friday, four months after first claiming to be hanging up his gloves following his stoppage win over Dillian Whyte in April. He followed up this claim by vacating his Ring magazine belt which recognised him as the best heavyweight in the world.

And Fury has now been given until August 26 to confirm his retirement to the WBC whose belt he has held since he knocked out Deontay Wilder in 2020. “We had communication with his promoter and we gave him more than 10 days, until [August] 26, to confirm in writing if it is a final decision and in that way proceed and address the issue,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Izquierdazo.

Tyson Fury with trainer SugarHill Steward
“We are going to wait until August 26. It is the deadline to have a written confirmation about his final decision. We are not in any hurry at all. He has been a great hero in and out of the ring. We continue to wait for him here in Mexico with open arms. If his retirement is confirmed, we will do a great tribute to Tyson Fury.”

Fury made just two defences of his world title, stopping Wilder again in their trilogy fight last October before his successful homecoming against Whyte at Wembley. Fury had been expected to call out the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk next weekend, something the WBC’s deadline allows him to do.

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