Mike Tyson begs Tyson Fury to ignore calls to retire after epic knockout win over Deontay Wilder

  • Tom Ward
Mike Tyson has told Tyson Fury to ignore calls to retire from boxing

Mike Tyson has begged namesake Tyson Fury to ignore calls to retire from boxing.

Fight legend Iron Mike is regularly asked about ‘The Gypsy King’.  

And he has now used a recent interview to send a message to the British heavyweight to avoid listening to the likes of Ricky Hatton and co. – who claimed ‘as his friend, I want him to hang them up – he’s got nothing left to prove’.

Fury, 33, stopped Deontay Wilder in the eleventh round of their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on October 9. 

But the 33-year-old had to pick himself up off the canvas twice in doing so in order to avoid the first defeat of his 13-year professional career. 

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Close pal Hatton, 43, was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “I’m sure his wife Paris doesn’t want to see him stood there getting knocked on his a— every five minutes.”

But Tyson, 56, told Reuters last week: “Keep on winning brother, keep on winning.

“He’s the lineal champion. He’s the man who beat the man. He is heavyweight boxing, period. He is, nobody else.

“Ask anybody except for [Oleksandr] Usyk, who is the heavyweight champion? And Usyk might even say it’s Fury.”

Tyson Fury (L) and Deontay Wilder (R)

Fury has remained tight-lipped about what the future holds, but Bob Arum has stated that his next fight will take place in the UK and ‘no later than April’.

The unified WBC and Ring champion has not fought in the UK since his August 2018 victory over Francesco Pianeta in Belfast. Referee Steve Gray scored the fight 100-90 in his favour.  

Speaking to Sky Sports, Arum said: “It is very, very important that Tyson, having done his last five fights in the US, that he goes back and does a fight in the UK.

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“He is a Brit, he has plenty of fans in the UK, and if he does a fight in the UK then comes back to the US, he will bring 10,000 Brits with him.

“American fans have to learn to sing like the Brits!”

He added: “Frank Warren is going to Manchester to meet Fury to work out a date. It could be March or April, but no later than April.

“Who Fury fights next will be determined by Fury. If the fight is in the UK, I would think Whyte would be a good possibility, as well as Joyce.”

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