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Tyson Fury won't be rushed into making a decision on keeping the WBC heavyweight title despite his claim that he has retired from boxing.
The Gypsy King defended the WBC crown by knocking out Dillian Whyte last week at Wembley Stadium. Fury, 33, had stated in the build up that it would be his final fight and after he stopped rival Whyte with a right uppercut, he reiterated he was walking away from the sport. But the real sign that he is quitting will come if he relinquishes his WBC title because that is the key to an undisputed fight with the winner of Anthony Joshua and WBO, IBF and WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk, who are set for a rematch this summer.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed to the Daily Star that Fury has not yet signalled he will give up the title. Sulaiman plans to leave Fury to recover with his family in the coming weeks before he will meet with the Gypsy King to discuss his future.
Whyte was a mandatory challenger so Fury is not obligated to defend the belt against a certain challenger next. He will be free to make a voluntary defence or sign up for a unification, so Fury is under no pressure to make a definitive decision. Meanwhile, promoter Frank Warren believes Fury can fight for as long as he wants – if he makes a U-turn on his retirement talk. The Gypsy King’s promoter will not put any pressure on his man to fight on if his heart is not in it.
But Warren would love to see his man become undisputed champion by beating the winner of Usyk against Joshua. And he insists we haven’t seen the best of Fury yet. Warren said: “If he does continue, I don’t think he has reached his pinnacle to be honest, he looked even better the other night.
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“When he gets back in the gym he might think, ‘This is good, I’m feeling good’ and then he might think ‘What am I in the gym for, I may as well have a fight’. Who knows? I’m not going to push him, if your heart is genuinely not in it then I wouldn’t want him to do it because it’s dangerous.”
Usyk outpointed Joshua back in September and they are set for a rematch this summer which Warren would love Joshua to come out on top in, but he is not confident. He said: “You do want to see the undisputed fight. I would have loved it to have been Joshua, can you imagine them two in Wembley in an all-British affair?”
Whyte, meanwhile, has taken the bizarre approach of claiming the push from Fury after he was caught with an uppercut is what caused him to be knocked out on Saturday.
He said: “When the uppercut landed I was buzzed, but he full on pushed me, I fell over and hit my head on the canvas, which is illegal. But as usual they let Tyson Fury do what he wants and get away with it. I should have been allowed extra time to recover.”
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