Wherever Tyson Fury goes, controversy seems to follow.
Since his shock victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November last year, the Englishman hasn’t set foot in a ring, but that hasn’t stopped the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ making headlines.
Shortly after midday on Monday, Fury announced that he was retiring from boxing in an expletive laden tweet, saying “Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part it.”
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However, he has sadly since removed that tweet.
Although the method of his announcement came as a shock to everyone, the fact he was announcing his retirement came as little shock.
Fury was initially scheduled to take on Klitschko in a rematch on July 9 in Manchester, though this was postponed due to a sprained ankle the Brit picked up in training.
Last week, Fury called off the second rematch after being declared “medically unfit”, with ESPN reporting that he had failed a drugs test the day before, stating he had tested positive for cocaine.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said that Fury would never fight again, and this seemed the likely outcome.
However, just three hours after tweeting that he was to retire from boxing, Fury seemingly backtracked on his decision to quit the sport.
He once again announced his decision on Twitter, saying: “U think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I’m hear to say.”
He later tweted a photo of him holding up the Heavyweight titles he won against Klitschko, alongside the words: “Gypsy Warrior”, “Gypsy Heart” and “Gyspy Blood”, and the caption: “Soon as I get better I’ll be defending what’s mine”.
For now, Fury is still facing a UK Anti-Doping charge after testing positive for “the presence of a prohibited substance”, and it could still be a long time until he is back in the ring, though it seems unlikely he will be out of the headlines.