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Fury gives up world titles to focus on personal issues

Tyson Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world titles to concentrate on his treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal issues.

Fury released a statement early Thursday confirming the decision, which came after his second withdrawal from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after being declared "medically unfit" and following his admitted bingeing on cocaine and alcohol.

The British boxer said in a statement: "I'm unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer."