Next weekend’s Oleksandr Usyk rematch against Anthony Joshua is now set to have the Ring Magazine title on the line after Tyson Fury vacated it on Saturday.
The Gypsy King has given the strongest indication yet that his retirement demands may be genuine in dropping the belt, although he has yet to relinquish his WBC world heavyweight title.
Fury’s retirement saga has dragged on since the first press conference before his fight with Dillian Whyte earlier this year.
He unexpectedly dropped the bombshell on a group of journalists and few believed him at the time.
In truth, many still doubt him now, despite the fact that he has reiterated his claim many times since.
Earlier this week, Fury announced he was planning a return to face Derek Chisora in a trilogy fight, however, negotiations stalled and on Friday – Fury’s 34th birthday – he again said that he was leaving the sport for good.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman disclosed that he spoke to Fury on Friday who insisted he was truly retiring, but Sulaiman chose not to elaborate on whether the WBC world title is vacated or not.
Now though, Ring Magazine has confirmed that Fury has vacated his belt.
It should be noted that the Ring belt is recognized by many as being more of a very prestigious trophy that is added to the best boxing fights, rather than a world title in its own right.
That’s why many will say that while Fury still holds his WBC, he’s not truly retired.
Either way, his decision to relinquish the Ring title has opened up the possibility of him being on the line for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch against Anthony Joshua next Saturday, live on talkSPORT.
Usyk was ranked number one in the Ring rankings behind champion Fury, with AJ ranked number two.
As such, Ring Magazine has now confirmed that his belt will indeed be on the line in Saudi Arabia.
“Among fighters, the Ring Magazine belt has so much prestige,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I know for Anthony Joshua, he wanted to win this title for a long time.
“It gives him extra motivation for the win next week. And I believe, come [next] On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua will become the new Ring Magazine World Champion.
“First and foremost, AJ wants the win because he’s a competitor.
“He wants his world heavyweight championship belts back, but the Ring belt was there when it was him and [Deontay] Wilder at the top.
“We were then trying to put that belt on the line for the big fights. It’s a huge motivation for him before Saturday.
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