Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury’s showdown with Tom Schwarz is not for the WBO title, the governing body’s president has confirmed.

Concise News learned that the Gypsy King claimed that ‘inside information’ had it that Anthony Joshua’s vanquisher Andy Ruiz Jr would be stripped of his titles for having a rematch against AJ rather than facing a mandatory opponent.

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Fury is facing Schwarz on Saturday but there will not be any world titles on the line but WBO president Francisco Valcarcel disclosed 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.”

The WBO is the next of the four governing bodies to call a mandatory challenger and is set to discuss whether Ruiz is free to take up an immediate rematch with AJ.