Morecambe’s Tyson Fury has apologised to the World Boxing Council after accusing them of overlooking him for a shot at their heavyweight title.
The 25-year-old, who is set to return to the ring at London’s Copper Box Arena on February 15, criticised the organisation in an interview with ESPN for ordering Bermane Stiverne to face Chris Arreola for the title vacated by Vitali Klitschko in December.
The WBC said that without a retraction from Fury they would explore possible sanctions including a suspension, fine or withdrawal from the organisation’s ratings with the resort giant currently ranked number eight.
That has prompted the former British and Commonwealth champion, who is not unfamiliar with landing himself in hot water, to apologise.
He outlined how the frustration of the postponement and then cancellation of his battle of Britain with David Haye had got the better of him.
In a statement issued by his promoters Hennessy Sports, Fury said: “I would like to apologise to the WBC for the comments I made and any implications that resulted from them.
“Through no fault of my own I have been unable to fight since April with fights in September and February being cancelled.
“The entire situation and inactivity has left me extremely frustrated.
“The WBC title has meant a lot to me since I was a kid and I always wanted to fight for that green WBC belt and put my name with the greats like Ali, Leonard, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis who have held it.
“That passion to hold that belt and the frustration of being forced to be inactive for so long sometimes leads me to say things that I shouldn’t and I would like to take this opportunity to retract those comments I made.
“I do not believe that the WBC or any of its members acted improperly in the heavyweight division, but having fought a WBC eliminator (which I know and understand was not a final eliminator), and with the title being vacated, I genuinely believe I am the best heavyweight and deserving of a shot.”