Tyson Fury apparently has one year left to decide if he will retire or not following his sensational victory over Dillian Whyte, claims Mauricio Sulaiman after holding talks with the WBC heavyweight world champion.
The Gypsy King retained his WBC heavyweight title at a packed Wembley Stadium on April 23 courtesy of a stunning sixth-round knockout.
Fury, 33, is enjoying himself in the south of France with wife Paris and their children after a busy few months.
And Fury has every reason to be happy, too – with the relief of knowing Sulaiman is willing to give him all of the time that he needs, despite insisting that he is taking early retirement.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I just received a very beautiful video from Tyson with his father and his family while on vacation.
“We spoke and we’re going to be speaking in the near future.
“We will give him the time he needs. I do not like to speculate. I would rather wait to give him his due time for his holiday.
“The WBC will certainly support him, whatever he decides.
“If he thinks its time to hang up the gloves, enjoy life and be a successful family man and have a great future, we will support him. If he decides to continue fighting, we will support him.
“We have one year to have the next mandatory fight.
“At this moment, we will wait for the decision of Tyson Fury, and then we will either do a series of fights – a boxing tournament – going into a final elimination, but at this time we’re going to wait because we don’t know the specific circumstances.
“I believe that Joyce and Parker are fighting for the WBO interim championship, but I have not confirmed that.
“All of the variables may change.”
Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward, meanwhile, refused to rule out the possibility of a return to boxing despite him retiring from the sport just last month.
He recently said: “There are a lot of fighters that have been retired and come out of retirement. There are a lot of fighters that have been retired and stay retired. It’s just up to Tyson Fury, I stand by his decision.
“For him being retired I’m happy because that’s what he wants. I know a lot of the retirement has to do with not getting the fights he wants and it’s really mentally challenging to be offered fights and go through negotiations for fights and then for them to fall through at the end.
“These things happen to many fighters around the world. You wouldn’t expect it to happen on this big a stage but it does happen and it’s something fighters have to deal with.
“We on the outside sometimes don’t understand that. We just say ‘if he gets the fight he’ll come back’, it’s not as easy as being on the outside going through what happens on the inside. But it’s the sport he loves so much, and it’s hurting him like that.
“Those things have to be taken into consideration and respected.”