Tyson Fury claims he will retire from boxing after Dillian Whyte fight

Tyson Fury speaks at a recent press conference

Tyson Fury has claimed he will retire from boxing after his fight against Dillian Whyte on April 23.

Fury will defend his heavyweight crown against Whyte at Wembley Stadium next month.

There have been hopes that it will precede a heavyweight blockbuster against Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.

But those hopes appear to be over after Fury announced on Tuesday that the Whyte bout will be the final one of his career.

Speaking at a press conference to promote the fight, the Gypsy King said: “This is the final fight of my career, I’m retiring after this. $150 million in the bank, healthy, young. 

“I’m gonna buy a massive yacht abroad. I’m retiring, I’m out, this is my final fight, I’m done.”

Fury doubled down on his comments when he spoke to The Lightweight Boxing Show.

“Yep, fully retired after the fight,” he said. “Don’t call me as I won’t answer the phone.”

It remains to be seen whether Fury is telling the truth or whether he will go back on his word after he takes on Whyte.

A lucrative fight against Usyk, who holds all the other heavyweight belts, or Joshua will become available to Fury should he defeat the mandatory challenger.

Perhaps Fury’s words should be taken with a pinch of salt, though.

He said he would retire after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and also spoke about stepping away after beating Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight last year.

Fury: Whyte is terrified

Whyte wasn’t around to hear his opponent to discuss hanging up the gloves after failing to attend the press conference, instead choosing to remain in Portugal where he is training.

Fury believes Whyte’s no-show is evidence that he is ‘terrified’ ahead of their meeting.

“He has definitely shown a white flag today,” Fury said, per Sky Sports. “All this social media stuff, ‘I’m not promoting the fight, I’m not getting involved in mind games.’

“He’s given me that much more confidence it’s unbelievable.

“He’s terrified. He’s definitely showing the white flag in my estimation of this fight.

“The way he’s going on about it, saying he doesn’t want to go face-to-face, of course he doesn’t, because he’ll see that fire in my eyes and he’ll think, ‘I’m getting smashed to bits’.

“That’s what it is, it’s fear, it’s terror. It’s all of the above and I don’t blame him for not being here today.”

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