WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced on Friday that he will retire from boxing following his 34th birthday, having previously made several changes to the future of the sport.
“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my career over the years and after long and hard conversations, I’ve decided to retire and say goodbye to Bon Voyage on my 34th birthday,” Fury tweeted.
The announcement was met with skepticism, as Fury had previously expressed his desire to retire only to return to the ring.
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Oleksandr Usyk is expected to fight for the winner of his rematch with Anthony Joshua on August 20 to unify the world heavyweight titles.
As on Tuesday, Fury said he has appointed a new coach in Isaac Lowe to form a trio of fights with Derek Chisora.
However, he has now announced his intention to retire with 32 wins and one draw in 33 games.
Fury thanked his owner, promoter Frank Warren, and the series of other training partners and television companies that bought rights to the fight over the years.
The Brit said before his win over Dillian Whyte in March that he would retire after that fight because he had “150 million in the bank and nothing to prove”.
However, earlier this week Warren cast doubt on the idea that Fury would not fight again.
“I think what will happen, what will happen on the 20th (of August) and see the result, and that will determine what he intends to do in the future,” Warren told talkSPORT.
“I think he’ll (come back), because he’s a fighter and he’ll be missed. That’s what he does, he wants to fight.