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Retirement: Tyson Fury brushed off any possibility of a comeback

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

The undefeated WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has reiterated that he is done with boxing The Trumpet gathered.

Fury, who defeated Dillian Whyte in the sixth round of the bout last weekend to retain the WBC heavyweight title, revealed after the match that he has retired from the game.

With fans and boxing lovers expecting the 33 years old to rescind its decision, Fury as a guest on a TV show emphasized that he has called time off the deadly sport to spend more time with his family.

The heavyweight champion, who said he is happy over his state of health having partaken actively in a sport that is life-threatening, revealed that he is contented with what he has made for himself.

According to Sky Sport, with Fury retiring undefeated in boxing, he becomes the second man in history that has retired from the game undefeated after America Rocky Marciano.

Fury said, “This is the truth, the gospel truth, nothing but the truth. I’m done.

“Every good dog has its day and like the great Roman leader said, there will always be somebody else to fight.

“When is enough, enough? I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’ve still got my brains and I can still talk. I’ve got a beautiful wife, six kids, I’ve got umpteen belts, plenty of money, success, fame, glory – what more am I doing it for?

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“Boxing is a very dangerous sport. You can be taken out with one punch as we’ve seen on Saturday and it’s one unlucky blow and you may not get up off that canvas.

“I’m quitting while I’m ahead, I’m undefeated and only the second man in history to retire as undefeated heavyweight champion. I’m very, very happy, very content in my heart with what I’ve done and what I’ve achieved,” he added.

Though the Gypsy King insists that he has retired from boxing, promoters still believe that the WBC heavyweight champion who fought in a 94000 capacity Wembley stadium, would give a rethink to fight UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Furthermore, the promoters also forecast that Fury may decide to come out of his retirement to fight who wins between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in a world heavyweight rematch.

However, Fury has doused the tension without giving any possibility for an occurrence.

He continued: “It’s not worth it. I’ve got four young kids to raise and two older ones, I’ve been away for the last 10 years all over the world travelling for boxing.”

Fury, expressing that he needs time to be with his family and play his fatherly role to his kids, stressed that boxing has taken most of his time which spanned 20 years.

He said, “When do I get time to be a father, a husband, a brother, a son? I need this personal time. The fans will always want more, they’re always baying for more blood, but at the end of the day I don’t have any more to give. I’ve given everything I’ve got, I’ve been a professional for 14 years and been boxing for over 20 years.

“Every good dog has its day in the sun and my time is to go out on a high. I always said I wanted to walk away on top of the sport and do it on my terms and didn’t want to be the person who said I should have been retired two years ago or whatever.

“They will not forget ‘The Gypsy King’ in a hurry – and no amount of material assets or money will make me come back out of retirement because I’m very happy,” he added.

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