Did Tyson Fury leave the ring for the last time?
London – Tyson Fury says he can walk away from boxing after winning “every belt to win” after a moment of brutal magic to stop Dillian Whyte and retain his WBC heavyweight crown.
The undefeated fighter produced a vicious uppercut late in the sixth round of the All-British bout on Saturday, sending a crowd of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium into a frenzy.
The 33-year-old then told his adoring fans that he was sticking to his plan to hang up his gloves – giving up the chance to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.
Fury said he promised his wife, Paris, after his third fight with Deontay Wilder in October that he would step down, but owe it to his fans to fight once more at home.
“This could be the last curtain for the ‘Gypsy King’,” he said immediately after winning in London on Saturday. “And what a way out.”
“I’ve won all the belts there is to win, I can’t do anything more, I’ve won all the belts in the game,” he said later during his press conference. post-game.
“If it was a video game, it would definitely be over.”
But Fury also muddied the waters on a very busy night, saying he had UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in his sights after the Cameroonian MMA fighter stepped into the ring during the celebrations.
“I want to have fun,” he said. “I’m an artist and that’s what I do best. The great Francis Ngannou is on my hit list in an exhibition fight.
“However he wants, in a cage, in a ring, with boxing gloves or UFC gloves, we can make it happen. He’s a monster guy and so am I, so it’s going to be a clash of the titans.”
Though it was the last official fight of his colorful career, Fury came out strong, reveling in the passionate support of an adoring crowd.
Wembley vibrated to the rhythm of Don McLean’s “American Pie” as giant screens in the stadium showed images of his illustrious career.
Ever the showman, Fury entered the arena decked in the red and white of the English flag, before posing on a golden throne as fireworks pierced the darkness.
The giant fighter then threw off his robe and raced to the ring, where he dominated the fight before the decisive moment left Whyte on the ground and unable to continue.
Fury then led the crowd in a rendition of “American Pie” as he reveled in his victory.
In a reflective mood, the British boxer paid tribute to promoter Frank Warren – Fury battled depression, alcohol and drug issues in the years after beating Wladimir Klitschko to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in 2015 .
“Frank brought me back from the brink of death when everyone was scared to get me in the ring,” he told reporters.
“He brought me back from being a big man of 28 stone (178 kg).”
So is that really it? Can Fury resist the temptation to become arguably the greatest British heavyweight of all time?
“I will retire as the second heavyweight in history after Rocky Marciano to retire undefeated,” he said, adding, “All roads led to the Gypsy King and I was unbeatable in this game.”
But Lewis is clearly not putting an end to Fury’s career just yet, tweeting that Fury’s performance at Wembley “keeps him emphatically the man to beat”.
“He’s already at a very exclusive boxing club, but I can’t wait to welcome him to the undisputed club,” he said. “Let’s do it.”
Fury will surely be tempted by a unification bout against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua or Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
This is not the first time that he announces his retirement, to ask for more.
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Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte