London - Tyson
Fury has given up his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles "with
immediate effect" to concentrate on his "medical treatment and
recovery", said a statement released by his promoters Hennessy Sports.
The British boxer has admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression
and was set to be stripped of his titles after cancelling two planned
rematches this year against Ukrainian former champion Wladimir
"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," Fury said in the statement released late on Wednesday.
"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."
Mick Hennessy, Fury's promoter, said the decision was "heartbreaking".
Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, said: "Tyson will be back
stronger from this and I will make sure, no matter what we have to deal
with, Tyson not only comes back but will reclaim what's rightfully his.
"I'm very proud of my nephew's achievements."
Fury had already withdrawn from a rematch with Klitschko on October
29 because of mental health issues. He also cancelled their first
planned rematch in July citing an ankle injury.
The outspoken boxer admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone
magazine this month that he was suffering from depression and taking
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) met on Wednesday to
discuss whether to remove Fury's boxing licence following the admission
of drug taking.
They had been due to release their decision on Thursday.
Controversial Fury, 28,
announced earlier this month he was retiring only to make a U-turn just
hours later following media reports he had failed a drug test for
Fury then confirmed for the first time that he had taken the class A drug as a way of self-medicating for severe depression.
"Listen, I've done a lot of things in my life. I've done lots of
cocaine. Lots of it," Fury told Rolling Stone magazine in a series of
Explaining why his rematch with Klitschko had been called off for a
second time, Fury said: "I've not been training. I've been going through
"I just don't want to live any more, if you know what I'm saying.
I've had total enough of it. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared
to not wanting to live any more."
He added: "I don't know if I'm going to see the year out, to be
honest... They say I've got a version of bipolar. I'm a manic
depressive. I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself."
Fury has courted controversy since sensationally defeating Klitschko
last year to become world champion, making a series of comments about
homosexuality and Jews and extolling the virtues of his extreme
Asked how they would treat Fury, BBBC general secretary Robert Smith
told Britain's Press Association: "Cocaine is against the law of the
land. We can't ignore the law of the land. It's drug use and we will
deal with it accordingly."
Fury, the self-styled "Gypsy King", also won the IBF belt in beating
the more fancied Klitschko, but had to forfeit it after failing to
fulfil a mandatory bout against Vyacheslav Glazkov.
of the most notable and notorious moments in the controversial career
of Tyson Fury, who announced late Wednesday he is relinquishing his
world heavyweight titles:
November 28, 2015
- Becomes the world heavyweight champion
inflicting first defeat on Wladimir Klitschko for 11 years to secure the
World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World
Boxing Organization belts
December 5, 2015
- Just days after winning the titles he
sparks controversy. "I believe a woman's best place is in the kitchen
and on her back, that's my personal belief," he says in video posted on
December 8, 2015
- IBF strip Fury of their belt for failing to agree a fight with mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov
December 9, 2015
- British police in Manchester say they are
investigating Fury after he makes outlandish comments on a video
likening homosexuality to paedophilia
December 9, 2015
- Told to stay away from a prestigious
British annual sporting awards ceremony by the Sports Journalists'
Association who blast his views as "repugnant"
December 20, 2015
- Gives a ham-fisted apology at the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony, claiming his previous
comments were "tongue in cheek" and "fun and games"
May 12, 2016
- Sparks fresh controversy with a new
foul-mouthed video rant in which he suggests rape and bestiality will
one day be legalised. Launches an anti-Semitic tirade on same 57-minute
video filmed at a training camp
May 17, 2016
- Says sorry for latest video, insisting "I am
in no way a racist or bigot" and "I apologise to anyone who may have
June 24, 2016
- Postpones rematch with Klitschko scheduled for July 9, citing an ankle injury sustained in training
June 26, 2015
- Denies claims made in a UK Sunday newspaper that he had failed a doping test in 2015
August 3, 2016
- Denies taking performance-enhancing drugs and says he will sue UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
August 4, 2016
- Charged by UKAD for failing test for a
prohibited substance. UKAD reveal that Fury had been provisionally
suspended in June, but the ban was not made public at the time
September 7, 2016
- Rescheduled rematch with Klitschko confirmed for October 29
September 13, 2016
- Fury fails to turn up at press conference to promote Klitschko fight saying his car had broken down
September 23, 2016
- Postpones rematch for a second time saying he is "medically unfit"
September 26, 2016
- Trainer and uncle Peter Fury says boxer is "at an all-time low" and is "seeking help" for depression
October 1, 2016
- Media reports say Fury tested positive for cocaine and faces being stripped of his titles
October 3, 2016
- Appears to retire from boxing, tweeting:
"I'm the greatest, and I'm also retired." Makes a U-turn three hours
later and tweets "I'm here to stay"
October 5, 2016
- Admits to taking cocaine in interview
published in Rolling Stone magazine, saying "I hope someone kills me
before I kill myself"
October 12, 2016
- British Boxing Board of Control meets to consider revoking Fury's licence to fight after drug-taking revelations
October 12, 2016
- Fury announces he is vacating WBA and WBO
titles "with immediate effect" to concentrate on his "medical treatment