Tyson Fury Plans to Stay Retired and Retain the WBC Heavyweight Belt
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23KO) is all over the place about retirement or returning to the ring. Furthermore, his reason for holding on to the WBC title is perplexing, to say the least.
After soundly defeating mandatory challenger Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-3, 19KO), Fury quickly announced his retirement from boxing. The WBC champion even took to social media reaffirming to the fans that he is retired, cut and dry.
IS FURY GOING TO COME BACK?
On June 14, Fury sat down with promoter Frank Warren on the Queensberry Promotions podcast and hinted at coming out of retirement only if heavily compensated. He gave the famous movie moment of Jerry McGuire’s “show me the money” catchphrase. Furthermore, he supposedly was in talks to fight the winner between unified champion Oleksandr Usyk and former unified champion Anthony Joshua.
In less than twenty-four hours, the charismatic Gypsy King was on talkSport Boxing, and he emphatically pushed back on talks of him returning to the ring. This threw the boxing community for an even bigger loop.
“Yeah, I’m retired. I’m 100% retired, nothing changed. Everybody’s making all these assumptions that I’m coming back, I’ve got these dates.”
The Gyspy King doubled down when pressured to come clean about coming out of retirement, with all the news circling, and him hinting at returning for the right amount.
“I’m going to tell you the truth […] I am retired one-hundred percent from professional boxing […] I’m still adamant, I am one-hundred percent retired from pro boxing. I don’t know why everyone keeps saying I’m coming, I’m coming back. I am not coming back.”
THEN WHY HOLD ON TO THE WBC BELT?
Fury must be trolling the boxing community, and one of the main reasons is he has yet to relinquish the WBC title. However, he gave the reason for holding on to the belt and it is a head-scratcher.
“NO! I’m not going to give it up. Because, hold on a minute, I’ve got 12 months. I’ve done two mandatories back-to-back. I’ll keep it as long as possible […] I’ll keep that in my pocket for as long as I want.”
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By: Garrisson Bland