Fury says IBF want heavyweight title in America

Tyson Fury has blasted the International Boxing Federation (IBF) for American bias after their new heavyweight champion was given a year to defend the title.

Newly-crowned IBF champion Charles Martin has been given a year before he has to make his first mandatory defence, after winning the vacant title on Saturday night.

However, Tyson was stripped by the same governing body just 10 days after winning the belt from Wladimir Klitschko and the heavyweight world number one believes it is because they want their title to remain in the USA.

“You know what the IBF can do… I’ve already put their belt in the toilet,” Fury said.

“What gets me is why take it off the linear heavyweight champion. It’s their loss. It’s no longer my concern what they want to do with their belt and who they give it to.

“But the International Boxing Federation want that title back in America and it’s going to stay there for a while.”

The decision was confirmed five days after Martin won the vacant title after Vyacheslav Glazkov tore a ligament and was forced to retire after three rounds.

“Martin won the fight,” he told ESPN.

“So let him enjoy his new belt and he’ll have a year to make his mandatory fight. By next week we will know who will be positioned for his mandatory challenger.”

It could even mean Anthony Joshua moving up the rankings into pole position and the injured Glazkov being removed from the IBF rankings, while Erkan Tepe, who was above the British fighter, failed a drugs test after beating David Price.

“It’s not Charles Martin’s fault,” he said.

“It was a birthday gift and he took it with both hands. The kid done well, it wasn’t the other kid’s fault he bust his knee, either.”

“Good luck to him. I couldn’t care less.”