After years of waiting, boxing fans may never see a heavyweight title unification bout. That is, of course, if Tyson Fury is true to his word.
Fury took part in a press conference on Tuesday to promote his upcoming WBC heavyweight title fight against Dillian Whyte. The fight will take place on April 23 at Wembley Stadium. Competing in the 33rd fight of his career, Fury, 33, has raised the possibility of it being his last fight.
“This is the last fight of my career, I’m retiring after this; $150 million in the bank, handsome, healthy, young, I’m going to buy a huge yacht overseas,” Fury said via Yahoo. Sports. “I’ve got loads of cars and properties all over the world. I’m just gonna sit with a hot blonde and a piña colada… I’m retiring, I’m out, this is my last fight, the final countdown, I’m done.”
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Fury has discussed retiring from the sport in the past as his fight contract is ending soon. If he beats Whyte in April, Fury would have the opportunity to unify the heavyweight division. Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, is set to defend his titles against Anthony Joshua in a rematch. He beat Joshua for the belts in September.
Usyk is currently in Ukraine, offering his services to fight against Russia’s invasion of the country. It’s unclear when the two might fight.
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Fury made his professional debut in 2008. An English, British, Commonwealth, European and Irish heavyweight champion, Fury has made a name for himself due to his colorful personality. In 2015, Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight champion. A lineal champion, Fury would be forced to relinquish the belts due to issues outside of the ring.
Since returning in 2018, Fury is 6-0-1 in seven fights. His trilogy with Deontay Wilder was a real highlight of his career. Fury fought Wilder to a draw after surviving a late knockout shot, defeated Wilder via TKO in a rematch to win the WBC title, and knocked him out in October to retain the title.
Whyte, the WBC interim heavyweight champion, did not appear at the press conference. He was frustrated with the purse breakdown of the fight and indicated that he would not promote the fight on his own. At the press conference, Fury said Whyte should promote the fight. He also thinks he has what it takes to take down Whyte.
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“I just think when I land with a ‘Lancaster Bomber’ on his jaw, it’ll be over,” Fury said. “It could be round one, or round six. I don’t see it going beyond that. I’m looking to put on a great (fight) and showcase knockout boxing for the UK fans and then sing a bunch of songs afterwards and have a great time. Celebrate in the big smoke!
“If I can’t look like Muhammad Ali against this guy, then I’m in the wrong (profession). I’m going to cut him to pieces. No problem. I’m going to smash his face. You’re going to see a boxing masterclass. You will see the difference in levels.