29 year-old Tyson Fury was warned by Ring Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dougie Fischer last Monday, that he needed to clarify his intentions to defend the famous ‘Rocky’ strap, which prompted Fury to make a social media pledge a day later.
Frank Warren has applied for Tyson Fury’s license, and it seems full steam ahead, but ‘2 Fast’ must face somebody in the Ring Magazine Top 5 in order to fulfill the wishes of Fischer and his team.
The current standings see, Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker ranked 1 and 3 and they are set to battle each other on March 31, with two and five-rated Deontay Wilderand Luis Ortiz doing similar four weeks prior.
That leaves Alexander Povetkin as an option, a she is ranked 4, will Fury adhere to the rules laid down in the Ring Magazine official heavyweight rules displayed below.
THE RING’s Nos. 1 and 2 contenders fight one another.
If the Nos. 1 and 2 contenders chose not to fight one another and either of them fights No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, the winner may be awarded THE RING belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy. Here are the seven situations in which a champion can lose his belt:
The Champion loses a fight in the weight class in which he is champion.
The Champion moves to another weight class (for more than one fight).
The Champion does not schedule a fight in any weight class for 18 months.
The Champion does not schedule a fight at his championship weight for 18 months (even if he fights at another weight).
The Champion does not schedule a fight with a Top-5 contender from any weight class for two years.
The Champion retires.
The Champion tests positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Povetkin is free to negotiate should Fury go down that route, but with a two-year-plus absence behind him, a clash with the Russian former WBA title holder seems unlikely and would leave The Ring with a massive decision to make.