Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF world heavyweight title after refusing a mandatory defence.
The Morecambe fighter, 27, beat Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on November 29 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.
But he has quickly lost the latter after signing up for a rematch with Klitschko rather than a bout against the IBF’s mandatory challenger.
Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, said: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt.
“Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.”
Klitschko took up the rematch available under a clause in the contract for their original fight, won by Fury in a unanimous points decision.
That left fellow Ukrainian Glazkov out in the cold and Fury facing the loss of one of his three belts.
It was a further blow for Fury, whose eventful reign as world heavyweight champion continued on Tuesday with a hate crime accusation.
Following his recent controversial comments about homosexuality, Greater Manchester Police are investigating allegations of a hate crime.
Fury was criticised for his views in the lead-up to his fight against Klitschko. He denied making several homophobic comments attributed to him in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, which has stood by its story.
Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir KlitschkoLindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF
Fury said in an interview this week: “Homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia –them three things need to be accomplished before the world finishes. That’s what the Bible tells me.”
After that clip was played on a BBC TV show, a police spokesperson confirmed a complaint had been made.
Fury has said in another interview that “a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back”.
An online petition calling for him to be removed from the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year shortlist, citing “homophobic and misogynistic comments”, has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
John Nicolson MP, the Scottish National Party’s spokesperson for culture, media and sport, said: “Sport is one of the last great bastions of homophobia in society.
“Tyson Fury’s nomination will send out the clearest of signals – that extreme bigotry is not a disqualification for one of the UK’s highest sporting honours. This cannot be right.”
Fury’s trainer and uncle Peter Fury believes his nephew should not be removed from the award nominations but should apologise for airing his controversial views.
Peter Fury said: “He gives his opinions. He’s not a robot. There is freedom of speech - we’re in 2015. If he’s offensive he needs to explain his actions and move on from there but he’s entitled to his opinion just like everybody else. “He’s not saying in his own view that homosexuality is anything like paedophilia. If it’s coming out exactly like that, that paedophilia is the same as homosexuality, there there needs to be some sort of redress.”