World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's uncle and trainer Peter Fury wants his nephew to give up his world title belts as he battles depression. Fury, who currently holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title belt, admitted to using cocaine which is an illegal Class A drug.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is set to meet on Wednesday (12 October) to discuss whether to suspend the 28-year-old's license or not but Peter wants the current champion to relinquish his belts on his own rather than it being stripped away.
"The titles shouldn't be held up. While Tyson is out for medical reasons, the titles should be freed up. Let people fight for them. But Tyson should be held in regard so that when he does come back to box, he should be available to move straight into position to fight for those world titles", Said Peter Fury as quoted by The Sun.
"Quite clearly this young man has got some mental issues but I think he'll resume his career. I see him back in the gym March, April."
The Great Britain boxer has had a troubled reign as champion ever since he shocked Wladimir Klitschko to win the title in November 2014 at Dusseldorf. He postponed the defence of his WBA and WBO title belts twice in the past, first due to an ankle injury and then due to him being "medically unfit".
In Fury's absence, the Ukranian Kltischko might just end up facing International Boxing Federation (IBF) World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, with Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn claiming that the fight's announcement could happen as early as next week.
According to reports, Joshua is keen to fight Klitschko as he is due to defend his title for the second time before the end of this year.