Tyson Fury will NOT be fighting for the WBO title when he takes on Tom Schwarz on Saturday night, the governing body’s president has confirmed.
The Gypsy King claimed he had ‘inside information’ that Anthony Joshua’s conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr would be stripped of his titles for having a rematch against AJ rather than facing a mandatory opponent.
But WBO president Francisco Varcarcel said on the eve of Fury’s fight against the German that Ruiz Jr will not be stripped and his lucrative rematch with Joshua will have all three belts at stake.
Varcarcel said: “All of the comments that everything will be taken away from him, that he should immediately defend his title, these are all rumours.
“There is no such problem [with the WBO], there are processes that all athletes must go through, including Ruiz, in any organisation.
“I can say that we don’t want to punish someone or take away their title.
“Next week there will be a press conference where Ruiz’s plans will be announced.”
The WBO are the next of the four governing bodies to call a mandatory challenger and are set to discuss whether Ruiz is free to take up an immediate rematch with AJ.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has good relations with the WBO and the former heavyweight champion has also won the governing bodies Intercontinental, International and European understudy belts before.
The 30-year-old was given the opportunity to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the unified titles in November 2015 after becoming WBO as well as WBA mandatory.
However, it was always unlikely Fury’s claims of fighting for a world title on such short notice were always unrealistic.
Champion Ruiz also met with WBC and WBA presidents Mauricio Sulaiman and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza this week in Mexico.
It is understood the two boxing chiefs discussed the possibility of working together in order to force through an undisputed title showdown between Ruiz and WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder.