The Ring has announced that they have stripped Tyson Fury of the heavyweight title after he failed to announce a comeback fight before the start of February.
Furry won the title when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in November 2015 which was his last competitive fight.
Fury has also battled a long-term investigation by UK Anti-Doping, which concluded on December 12th and had his boxing license reinstated on January 19th.
“We at The Ring would like to make it clear that this decision had not been taken lightly,” Ring said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Ring championship belt is the closest representation to a lineal champion in the sport today, and Tyson Fury was extremely proud to be part of our heavyweight history.”
“We deeply regret separating from the lineal championship and we would hope that fans appreciate our reasons for giving Tyson every opportunity over the past two years. We wish our former champion the very best for the future, and we will be happy to re-rank him when appropriate.”
The Ring also stated that the March fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker would not decide the vacant title’s new holder.
“There have been occasions when a vacant Ring championship has been contested between No. 1 and No. 3-rated contenders,” the magazine added. “However, after careful consideration, we do not feel Joshua-Parker qualifies.
“At this time, The Ring ratings panel unanimously believe that Deontay Wilder is the second-best heavyweight in the world on merit.”