The world heavyweight champion has insisted that it will take half-a-billion to get him to go back on his retirement claim, and believes even that will be upsetting
Tyson Fury admits that it would be “sad” for him to announce a comeback fight, even for £500million.
The world heavyweight champion confirmed back in April after his win over Dillian Whyte that he planned to hang up his gloves, but has been teasing a return already. He is still training twice a day with his coaches including dad John and a host of pals, but continues to insist that he is finished with competition.
He has toyed with the idea of exhibition bouts in the vein of Floyd Mayweather, but even then has minimal interest. The Brit has placed what is essentially an unmatchable price of £500m for his return to world championship fighting, likely against the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s August rematch.
“If I do come back it’ll be a sad day for me,” Fury told The Telegraph. “It will be that I’ve let money overcome my morality because I put achievements before money. But if someone wants to put half a billion on the table I will test that morality for sure.”
It remains to be seen how serious Fury is about retirement, but he appears to legitimately not want to fight again, having won every belt at heavyweight and never lost. The sole mark on his record, a draw with Deontay Wilder in 2018, was wildly controversial and he avenged it twice over in his trilogy.
And it was after their third fight that his wife Paris began to beg him to retire from the sport. He was dropped three times over the 28 rounds they spent together, but if he is to have gotten out now, he has retained his full health.
“I wanted to retire after the trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder,” he added. “But I owed one more fight to the fans in England and I did that and a promise is a promise.“
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“The warrior in me has brought me to every moment in my life, off the canvas, trilogies, conquering America, coming back, doing everything I’ve done, winning every belt there is in boxing, three times The Ring Magazine champion. I won everything, so a warrior can do what a warrior wants to do.
“But the actual man is done with fighting. Boxing, and professional fighting, I am so over it. I’ve got out of it, faculties in order, totally unscathed, successful, famous… I’ve done everything that was asked of me, defeated every opponent I’ve ever faced and to be able to have a life after that – isn’t that amazing and a beautiful thing?”
He is now about to head out on a speaking tour of the UK that will go international later in the year. And then he is eyeing up exhibition bouts with the likes of Mike Tyson or The Rock among other big names.