Tyson Fury, widely regarded the most accomplished currently active heavyweight by boxing fans, is coming off of two impressive wins against Deontay Wilder (including a fight of the year contender in the trilogy match), and is slated to face Dillian Whyte in London. So why, when his trajectory seems to be near vertical, is he announcing that he will retire after the Dillian Whyte fight when a win would set him up to face the winner of Usyk vs. Joshua 2 for, undisputedly, a massive fight both financially and in terms of legacy? Well, only one man can really answer that, so let's take a dive into what Fury gives as his reasons for the surprising announcement during a TopRank interview.
One of the biggest points those skeptical of Fury’s impending retirement bring up is that announcing his retirement would make this fight a hot commodity: the “Last Fight of the Gypsy King” has quite a ring to it after all. But Fury insists that this retirement is indeed real, and that he will not be back after this fight, saying “I have nothing to prove to anybody.”
Fury goes on to tell reporter Adam Smith that he “cannot go on forever, just like Vladimir couldn’t …”, of course referencing his own upset victory over the Russian that catapulted him into superstardom. “Every good dog has its day.” When asked about Anthony Joshua and Usyk and a fight with them, Fury responded with his usual confident candor, “What for? What have I got to prove?”
When asked about fan response to his retirement and his future, Tyson Fury responded, “It's not about what other people want, it's what I want. I do this for the fans and that’s why I’m doing this fight … one last goodbye and that's it.” Tyson went on to explain that he has no interest in his current celebrity status and wants to walk away from it all saying, “I can’t stand it, and that’s the gospel truth …”
Tyson Fury retiring creates a picture change for the future of the heavyweight division, but it also creates a very solid legacy for the Gypsy King: a man who became a champion, fell into the depths of depression, climbed his way back to the belts again, and will now leave the sport on his own terms with no regrets and, as he said, nothing left to prove. So if this is the last hurrah of lineal champion Tyson Fury, then I wish him nothing but the best moving forward.