After his thrilling KO win over Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury reiterated what he’d been saying all along leading up to the fight – that he’s ready to retire from boxing.
Speaking to a crowd of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, Fury insisted it could be “the final curtain” for the Gypsy King. “I’ve spent a lot of time on the road,” he said. “I’ve been gone a long time. I’ve accomplished everything I ever wanted to accomplish. I will retire undefeated as only the second heavyweight in history after Rocky Marciano. I was unbeatable in that game.”
Fury is now 33 fights unbeaten and dominated a “difficult fight,” Kal Sajad continued BBC Sport. Then, in the sixth round, he produced a stunning one-punch stop, a “vicious” right uppercut to bring down his rival.
The uppercut is “repeated over and over again as the climax of the role break,” Gareth A. Davies said in The Telegraph. And if it was to be the final blow in the prizefighter’s career, “it was without a doubt a timeless piece of brutal artistry.”
“I won’t be totally surprised” when Fury says goodbye to boxing, Steve Bunce continued BBC Radio 5 Live. But the situation is “complicated”.
WWE, exhibitions or movies?
Just minutes after Fury and UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou proposed plans to retire, they appeared to have verbally agreed on a “hybrid” fight Manchester evening news reported. Ngannou, who is months away from the end of his UFC contract, said: “It’s going to be a hybrid fight with different rules… MMA gloves, in the ring, kind of mix it up. A little different.”
A fight with Ngannou isn’t the only thing on Fury’s wish list – WWE, exhibitions and even films could play a role in his post-boxing career plans. BloodyElbow.com reported. “There’s a lot of good heavyweights coming and time for them to do their time in the sun,” said the 33-year-old. “And me, this old bald fat guy – we’re out. I’ve done enough, I’m very happy with who I am, where I am, what I’ve done. Very, very happy with my career.
“You’ll see me in shows, WWE, movies. Ngannou is on that list. When I fight again, it’s just exhibitions, wrestling, things like that. Fun and entertainment, stuff that isn’t nerve wracking, stuff that won’t keep you up at night, stuff that won’t cause you serious injury.”
Will Fury join the immortals?
Whatever Fury plans next, he will go down in history as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. But he was “a fighter,” as he “constantly reminds us,” Ron Lewis continued boxing scene. So: “Don’t read this as the end”.
When Fury told fans at Wembley Stadium he was quitting professional boxing, his wife appeared to tell Paris “no chance”. The sun reported. “However, she may have said there’s ‘no chance’ that he’ll fight again.”
But in an interview with BT sportParis Fury said the only reason her husband would return to boxing is to unify the heavyweight division. “I know in my heart the only reason Tyson would come back is for a unification fight,” she said. “That would be the only reason Tyson Fury would come back in the ring as he has nothing left to prove. There is nothing for him to keep boxing.”
Oleksandr Usyk is set to defend the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua this summer – and the winner could face WBC champion Fury.
Though Fury insists he will retire, he knows he still needs a win over Usyk or Joshua to “join the Immortals,” Jeff Powell said in the Daily Mail. One “last task” remains: In order to become the “undisputed master of the ring”, he must “defeat the bearer of these other heavy orbs”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/boxing/956538/tyson-fury-will-he-retire-from-boxing Tyson Fury: Will he retire from boxing or become the undisputed ‘lord of the ring’?