It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Tyson Fury as he’s seen his career crumble after testing positive for cocaine.
Fury recently withdrew from his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time and claimed it was due to being “medically unfit”.
But it now appears that the undefeated boxer actually withdrew after he failed a drugs test in the United States and even told the Rolling Stones magazine that he had “done lots of cocaine” to battle his depression.
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There was talk of the British Boxing Board of Control removing Fury’s license, which would have seen him stripped of his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles.
However, Fury has taken the step to vacate both of his titles as he focuses on his medical treatment and recovery.
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And the 28-year-old has released an emotional statement to explain why he's taken the decision to give up his world titles.
"I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko," said Tyson 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 and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer."
His promoter, Mick Hennessy, added: "Tyson will still be the linear world heavyweight champion in everyone's eyes. He beat the most dominant champion in the modern era of boxing on an amazing night in Germany to earn that accolade and that will never change.
"Whilst it's heartbreaking to see Tyson vacate the world titles that he worked so long and hard for all his life, what's paramount now is that he receives the medical treatment along with the love of his family and friends and the support of the boxing world to make a full recovery."
Fury’s decision to vacate his titles is likely to lead to a fight between Klitschko and Anthony Joshua for the available belts.
Negotiations are ongoing between Klitschko and Joshua, with promoter Eddie Hearn hoping to get the fight on in December.
As for Fury, he has a slightly different fight to face and he attempts to overcome his problems out of the ring.
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