British promoter Eddie Hearn does not think World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury will enter the ring again.
Tyson Fury, 28, has pulled out of his rescheduled rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for apparent mental health issues, after pulling out of the initial rematch due to an ankle injury.
Fury hasn't fought since his title-winning bout against Klitschko, 40, last November, and it looks likely that that fight will be the controversial star's last.
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Instead, Fury looks set to ensue in legal battles.
"Fury will be stripped of his titles and, after a legal battle, he'll say: 'No more, I'm done'," said Hearn.
"It's going to be really messy and it might take a year to resolve. I know there are sensitivities around mental health issues but this is a business.
"The governing bodies have had enough. The world heavyweight title is a huge part of their business and they've not made any money from it for a year."
Hearn argues that the messiness and length of the legal battles set to start will be enough to force Fury into an early retirement.
What does this mean for Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua, though?
Well, if Fury and his team decide to take legal action, then that proposed fight could be delayed indefinitely, leaving Klitschko in limbo in the process.
Hearn added: "I think the WBA and WBO would sanction the fight and the deal would be easy to do. But Fury's legal battle to keep the belts will take too much time."
Joshua, 26, is scheduled to fight for his title in as little as nine weeks.
Fury's defence of the World Heavyweight Title has been one piece of bad news after the other, and after serious allegations of doping earlier this year, it seems Fury's fighting days are over.
"How can you unify the heavyweight division by beating Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and mess it up so badly?" said Hearn.
"You couldn't make it up and the people who guide him have to be held responsible for what has happened.
"Peter Fury and [promoter] Mick Hennessy needed to get hold of him, give him a slap and say: 'Pull yourself together, you're the heavyweight champion of the world, you're going to make millions in the biggest fights in world boxing. Isn't this what you've always wanted?"
Safe to say that Hearn is furious with Fury.
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