Tyson Fury announced his retirement after knocking out Dillian Whyte at the Wembley Stadium back in April. However, not even two months after that, his US promoter Bob Arum has already announced his return to the ring.
Prior to the Whyte showdown, Fury had hinted about his retirement plans on several occasions. One notable time was at the open workout.
“I’ve said this is my last fight, and it will be,”
Then right after stopping ‘The Body Snatcher’ in front of 94,000 attending fans in Wembley, he confirmed his decision.
“I promised my lovely wife Paris… that after the Wilder 3 fight that would be it,” Fury said. “But I meant it, and we had a war and it was a great trilogy and I meant that. I got offered to fight at Wembley at home and I owed it to the fans… but now that it’s all done I have to be a man of my word – I think this is it, this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King and what a way to go out.”
And if you think he will ride into the sunset after announcing his retirement, then you’re wrong.
Recently, his promoter Bob Arum announced that Fury will unretire to unify the heavyweight belts.
“Tyson Fury is retired and he will be retired until we come to him with the next big event and then he will unretire,” Arum told Fight Hype.
“Well, I think Fury is going to wait to see how the [Anthony] Joshua fight comes out with [Oleksandr] Usyk, and then he’ll make a determination whether he wants to continue.”
“Other than fighting the winner of Joshua-Usyk, there’s really nothing that’s really of interest to Tyson Fury, so we will have to see.”
Until now, the WBC hasn’t strip Fury of his title, despite confirming his retirement. According to the president, Mauricio Sulaiman, he would give Fury time to “reflect” and “relax”.
“We’re going to give him the time he needs to reflect, to relax, he just did the mandatory of the division.” Sulaiman told Planet Sport.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.