Sat. Jun 3rd, 2023

Heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury has teased retirement multiple times recently only to reveal plans to get back into the ring, the last time being only a few days ago when he announced he wanted to fight Derek Chisora a third time.

He was at it again on his 34th birthday Friday, saying on social media that he was finished with the sport.

He posted on Instagram a photo of himself with trainer SugarHill Steward and wrote: “Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career over the years & after long hard conversations I’ve finally decided to walk away & on my 34th birthday I say Bon voyage.” Fury announced his “retirement” after he stopped Dillian Whyte in six rounds in April. However, the WBC beltholder indicated two months later that he’d be back, likely to face the winner of the Aug. 20 Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch for the undisputed championship.

Then came his pursuit of Chisora in what would have amounted to a stay-busy fight while he awaited the outcome of the Usyk-Joshua fight. Talks with Chisora evidently are stalled, which led to his birthday announcement. Have we really seen the last of Fury? Probably not. Fighters often discuss retirement to keep their names in the news, which might be what Fury’s back-and-forth is about.

His co-promoter believes we’ll see him fight again.

“I speak to him all the time,” Frank Warren told Sky Sports. “If he wants to fight, he’ll fight. I’m not going to tempt him. Because if he needs that then he shouldn’t be fighting. It’s got to come from him and his heart.

“Do I think we’ll see Tyson in a ring [again]? I do because I think he’s a fighting man and I think he’ll miss it too much.”