Tyson Fury will need to give an update to the World Boxing Organization within 10 days on his health status for him to keep his WBO heavyweight title. The WBO sent a letter asking Fury for the information and they plan on reviewing the info and making a decision where to go from there. Fury pulled out of his October 29 title defense against Wladimir Klitschko for what are allegedly mental health issues. Fury was supposed to fight Wladimir at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Here’s part of the WBO’s statement to Fury:
“We are very sorry to hear the reports that you have allegedly pulled out of the October 29th bout due to a serious depression you are being treated for,” the WBO wrote to Fury on Monday. “Please know that all at the WBO are concerned for you and wish you the best for a full and complete recovery.”
It’s unclear whether Fury will bother coming back after all of this is over. Even if Fury gets to keep his WBO and WBA belts, it’s debatable whether he’ll bother returning to the ring, because he seems to have given up on boxing. It’s not that Fury has had a tough time inside the ring. He’s 25-0 as a pro, and he’s looked very good. He’s had positive results with his career. It seems that the pressure of being a world champion has gotten to the 28-year-old Fury since he beat Wladimir last November, and it just looks like he’s grown disillusioned.
“As you know, since the date your title was won on November 28, 2015, you have not defended your title and you have been inactive. On June 24, 2016, an ankle injury forced you to withdraw from your heavyweight rematch against Wladimir Klitschko scheduled for July 9th in Manchester,” the WBO said. “The committee may condition its approval of a disability extension upon the champion providing interim medical certifications that he is reasonably expected to recover within the term of the disability extension.”
The 10 day timeline for Fury to give the WBO the information that they’re looking for with his mental health status puts him under the gun so to speak. Fury will need to act quickly now for him to have a chance of keeping his WBO title. He had to work so hard to get the belt. It would be a real pity if he lost the title outside of the boxing ring without him being able to cash in on it. Fury’s trainer Peter Fury estimated that Tyson would have made $5-$6 million for his title defense against Wladimir. Without the titles in his possession, Fury might not be able to make as much money when/if he does ever come back.