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WBO gives Tyson Fury 10-day deadline

World champion may have to give up both of his title belts.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tyson Fury, who last week pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time due to mental health issues, has been given 10 days to update the WBO on his status, or risk being stripped of their belt.

A similar decision has come down from the WBA, whose title Fury holds, as well.

It’s a tough situation for Fury, 28, who has not fought since upsetting Klitschko last November. Team Klitschko appears ready to move on to something else, and realistically, as harsh as it may seem, the WBA and WBO may have to do the same, as Fury’s condition is not one with a timetable. His uncle and trainer Peter Fury doesn’t think it should come to that, which perhaps it should not. Boxing loves to dole out “interim” championships, and this is a situation where that would make sense.

The WBO is potentially willing to grant Fury a disability extension for his title reign, provided his physician supplies them with documents about his illness and prognosis for return, with a six-month window set for that extension.

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