British World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has vowed to retire after his much-anticipated rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, but will he actually stay true to his word?
It would certainly be a shame to see the best Heavyweight in the world right now retire at this stage of his career but I don’t think it would be much of a surprise to people. He’s done all he can in Heavyweight Boxing, he’s reached the pinnacle of his career and I don’t think he would be able to top beating one of the greatest Boxers on the planet.
There wouldn’t be much motivation for him to continue after the fight, if he beats Klitschko, where would he go from that? The only potentially lucrative opponent would be Anthony Joshua which would be a huge pay-day taking place at Wembley Stadium. If he defeats Klitschko a second time round, he will stay true to his word in my opinion. Fighting younger, hungrier Heavyweights doesn’t motivate him and he’s been quoted recently saying he would rather sit at home with his kids watching TV than fight. He doesn’t like Boxing, it’s clear he’s in it for the money to create a better life for his family which isn’t to do him a disservice, he will go down as a legend if he retires an undefeated world champion.
It would be unfortunate however for a lot of people if he retired, he’s a class act and he creates a lot of drama which brings in new followers of the sport week in week out. I mean just look at this video below of his recent press conference for the upcoming rematch, you wouldn’t see any other professional athlete in the world in any sport say the things he does. It’s not an act, it’s just Tyson Fury.
Fury is a lot like Marmite, you either love him or you hate him, there is no in-between with him. Even if you hate the man, you can’t deny the attention he brings to the sport with the humour he creates and the Boxing skills he has. He is a strange but also loveable man, however in the eyes of some people his out of the ring antics are enjoyed more than his actual fights.
So let’s say he does retire after the fight as expected, who now takes his place as Heavyweight king? Of course the majority of Brits are going to want to see superstar Anthony Joshua take his place but there is also a case for Tyson’s cousin Hughie Fury. The 21-year-old, who is also trained by Peter Fury, recently beat Fred Kassi to win the WBO Inter-continental Heavyweight title and is starting to make waves in Boxing’s heaviest division. He is undefeated in 20 but hasn’t really beat anyone of note, the case could be made that AJ has had a similar path up the division though.
Peter Fury has said that he is trying to take things slow with Hughie, learning his trade against people who are going to take him 12 rounds rather than against opponents he is going to blast away in 1 minute. Could Tyson be retiring in hope that his cousin can take his place as a world champion? It would certainly be interesting to see what happens if he does retire, only time will tell.