Why Oleksandr Usyk will be stripped of one world title despite stunning Fury win

why oleksandr usyk will be stripped of one world title despite stunning fury win

Usyk added a fourth world title to his collection after beating Fury (Picture: Getty)

Oleksandr Usyk has been crowned the undisputed heavyweight world champion after victory over Tyson Fury – but he could lose one of those cherished belts by the end of the month.

Fury and Usyk met in Saudi Arabia in a historic bout to crown the division’s first sole world champion since Lennox Lewis unified the division 25 years ago.

In a fight for the ages, Usyk fought back to floor Fury in the ninth round before sealing a split decision victory over ‘The Gypsy King;’

It saw him add the WBC belt to his collection that already included the WBO, WBA and IBF titles.

But the politics of boxing and actions of its sanctioning bodies will see likely see Usyk vacate his IBF title ‘in less than two weeks;.

Each sanctioning body has a mandatory challenger for its respective belt with a rotation system dictating which belt is defended first. The most recent ‘mandatory’ title defence was last August, when Usyk beat the WBA’s no1 contender Daniel Dubois.

In the case of the IBF, their mandatory challenger is Filip Hrgovic who has long been next in line for a world title shot.

why oleksandr usyk will be stripped of one world title despite stunning fury win

Usyk stunned Fury in the ninth round (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)

While the IBF did not enforce their mandatory title defence to allow Fury vs Usyk to happen, they will not wait any longer with boxing journalist Dan Rafael reporting Usyk will be forced to vacate the belt inside the next two weeks.

Rafael reports that decision is part of the Fury vs Uysk fight contract.

Hrgovic is scheduled to fight Dubois on June where the newly vacated belt is expected to be on the line.

It will mean a very short-lived reign as undisputed king for Usyk with their rematch later this year to have just three belts on the line should it go ahead – the WBC, WBA and WBO straps.

It is a similar situation to the one Fury found himself in following his first world title triumph in 2015.

Fury outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBO and WBA titles having aldso agreed to a rematch clause with the Ukrainian. The IBF meanwhile had already lined up Vyacheslav Glazkov as their mandatory challenger.

With Fury opting for the Klitschko rematch, the IBF stripped him of the title 10 days after winning it.

The Fury vs Klitschko rematch would ultimately never happen, with Fury vacating his other titles as his mental health deteriorated.

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