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Tyson Fury vacates boxing titles

Press AssociationPress Association 12/10/2016

Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world boxing titles with immediate effect to fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery, the troubled fighter has announced.

Fury recently withdrew from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time after being declared medically unfit and courted more controversy a fortnight ago after it was reported he had tested positive for cocaine.

The British Boxing Board of Control were set to discuss removing Fury's license on Wednesday, which would have seen him stripped of the belts, but the boxer has beaten them to the punch by vacating them voluntarily.

The 28-year-old said in a statement: "I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles."

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