It has been another turbulent few weeks for Boxing’s most polarising character Tyson Fury.
The World Heavyweight Champion, who, yet again, withdrew from a scheduled rematch with Wladimir Klitschko last week, announced his retirement from boxing via Twitter yesterday, before returning to social media just a few hours later to suggest that his previous tweet had been a joke.
This follows varying reports which have surfaced in the media, with some claiming that Fury’s withdrawal is due to mental health issues, and others stemming from a belief that Fury had recently tested positive for cocaine.
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‘The Gypsy King’ responded mockingly to those claims, by superimposing his head onto an image of Al Pacino’s Tony Montana from the film Scarface, in which the character is sitting in front of a large pile of cocaine.
The WBA and WBO title holder also faces a hearing in November, regarding a failed doping test from June.
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Now long-time boxing promoter Frank Warren has taken aim at Fury’s behaviour.
Warren, whose channel BoxNation, had the broadcasting rights to the rematch between Fury and Klitschko, has stated: “We’re all responsible for our own actions and he sits there and uses Twitter and sends these stupid photographs. It’s madness.”
The promoter then went on to mention how Fury’s actions weren’t doing him any favours, describing the boxer as “a waste of talent”.
“It’s like a self-destruct button he’s got. When you look at what he’s done, it amazes me.
"This guy won the world title, for me the most outstanding performance of a boxer last year. To go into Klitschko’s backyard, take his title away and then not fight again is crazy.
"People have put their money up, their time, and obviously, his health must come before that. But he can’t keep doing this to himself and his family and he can’t keep doing it to the sport. I think if he’s retired, he’s retired.”
Fury, who handed Klitschko his first loss since 2004 nearly a year ago, has been heavily criticised throughout his career for his behaviour and comments outside of the ring.
Most notable were his comments against homosexuality and abortion, which led to him being jeered at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
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