MANCHESTER boxer Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF world heavyweight belt less than a fortnight after winning it.
Fury, from Wythenshawe, outpointed long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf last month to win a total of four belts.
But the International Boxing Federation, who initially demanded that Fury fights mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov next, have taken their belt from the 27-year-old after Klitschko exercised the right to a rematch which was written in his pre-fight contract.
The date and destination for the rematch has yet to be decided.
Fury will retain the World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organisation titles he claimed on 28 November, while the World Boxing Council title is held by Deontay Wilder.
Fury has drawn criticism for his firm stance over comments he made about homosexuality, abortion, and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominees, namely Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Meanwhile, the vacated IBF title will be contested between Ukrainian fighter Glazkov and Charles Martin on January 16 next year.
By Jordan Eyre