In a shocking turn of events the WBC and lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has hinted he plans to retire after his upcoming fight against the WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte.
During a recent interview with renowned MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, ‘The Gypsy King’ announced his plan to retire from fighting in the near future and pursue a career in Hollywood.
“This is the final countdown of ‘The Gypsy King.’ Hollywood awaits,” Fury said. “This is my retirement fight. 100,000 people at Wembley, all British world title fight. Return of the Mack after four years to the U.K. This is it, going out on a high. Retiring on top. Two-time world heavyweight champion and I’ll have made eight defenses of the lineal championship. Never to lose a fight. To go down as only the second heavyweight in history to retire unbeaten. Me and Rocky Marciano.”
If he retires after beating Whyte, Fury (31-0-1, 22KO) will be the second heavyweight champion to retire with an unbeaten record. The other man to have accomplished this is ‘The Brockton Blockbuster’ Rocky Marciano (49-0, 43KO) – he reigned from 1952-1956.
In spite of his retirement plans, Fury still expressed an interest in the crossover fight against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. By all accounts this wouldn’t be a ‘real boxing fight’.
“I don’t count that as a real boxing fight. That’s not a boxing fight. That’s gonna be a ‘special’ fight. That will be in a cage in four-ounce gloves, in Las Vegas, at the Raiders Stadium….
“I will have retired from competitive, championship boxing and I’ll be ready to do the crossover fights completely. He won’t be the UFC heavyweight champion anymore, I won’t be the WBC heavyweight champion anymore, but I will still be the lineal heavyweight champion because they can’t take that from me!”
Fury also explained the rules for the targeted ‘crossover’ fight:
“He’s a big guy; a big dangerous guy. People say it’s not a fair fight in 10oz gloves and that’s correct, because like [former UFC champion] Daniel Cormier said, Ngannou is a much cruder version of Deontay Wilder and we all know what happened there.”
“So if we do it in 4oz gloves then he has more chance of knocking me out but I have a better chance of knocking him out also so it makes for an exciting fight. I will come in at my heaviest for that fight, I will be 300lb so that I can nail him to the canvas.
“He won’t be the UFC champion anymore, I won’t be the WBC heavyweight champion anymore, but I will still be the lineal heavyweight champion because they can’t take that from me.
“It’s very possible [that we see this fight in 2022]. I will have retired from competitive championship boxing and I will be ready to do the crossover fights.”
Sounds like Fury is planning to take the Floyd Mayweather route – and have his fights considered “exhibitions” in order to have an unscathed record as he pursues big money fights and other business opportunities.
Both Fury and Ngannou have been involved in a war of words on social media for a while, but especially after Ngannou publicly expressed his interest in crossover to boxing against Tyson Fury or former champion Deontay Wilder.