Tyson Fury enjoying retirement from boxing as he insists 'it's been a long time coming'

  • Tom Ward

Tyson Fury has once again doubled down on his retirement claims as he insisted ‘it’s been a long time coming’.

The Gypsy King called time on his career last month after knocking out Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium.

Boxing fans had been hoping to see him face the winner of Anthony Joshua‘s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk for the chance to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.

But it seems he has no desire to ever return to the ring as he insists he is now happily retired.

Fury said on his Instagram story: “I’ve just finished a lovely four mile run along the promenade; I’ve got a great sweat on.

“I am very very happy and contented to be retired.

“It’s been a long time coming and I am so much enjoying my retirement.”

Meanwhile, Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren believes he could earn more than half of a £200 million pot by accepting a fight with either AJ or Usyk.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “If that happened, we’d have to work out what the percentages would be.

“I would obviously be arguing that Tyson gets more. But whatever it is settled at, that’s how it would be split.

“It would work out that there would be a certain guarantee. How these things move on is that there’s a pot and it would be determined by how much money we get into the pot with pay-per-views and things like that – then how it’s split.

“So there’s a guarantee against the split. But it could be a £200 million fight. I also think the Usyk fight is a huge fight.

“The people bought into Usyk, they watched him take Joshua apart. It’s a no-brainer of a fight.

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“If Tyson wants to fight, if he decides he wants to move on, if he wants to fight the winner of that fight – it won’t be difficult to make.”

However, Warren also insists he won’t try to convince him to reverse his retirement decision, as he knows he wouldn’t be able to if he tried.

He later added: “I will not, in any shape or form, ask him or force him or coerce him into doing anything.

“It’ll be of his own free will. Boxing is a dangerous business. If your heart’s not in it and you’re in the ring, you’re in a dangerous place.

“He’ll make his own mind up. He’s with his family at the moment, he’s not thinking about boxing, he’s been training solidly for this fight.

“The one thing that has given him a lot to aim for was the fact he was getting into the gym, getting well, getting rid of all that weight.

“I’m sure he’ll get back in the gym. Then we’ll see whether he has the urge to fight again or not. If he does, no doubt we’ll have a chat about it. But I won’t bring it up.

“It would be wrong for me to go there.”

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