Tyson Fury Appears To Backtrack On Retirement Moments After Announcement
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Tyson Fury is set to bow out of boxing on a high note after defeating Dillian Whyte with a spectacular sixth round knockout in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley.
After last night's bout (23 April), the boxer confirmed he was intent on retirement, having promised his wife he would hang up the gloves for good after beating Whyte.
While it looks like the massive uppercut that floored Whyte will be the last punch of Fury's boxing career, many aren't convinced that they'll never see him step into the ring again.
Plenty of Fury's fans are sure he'll fight again, having taken to Twitter in the aftermath of his victory to voice their opinions.
Some still think there is unfinished business for the boxer, especially with a potential and much anticipated fight against Anthony Joshua on the cards.
According to Sky Sports, plans for a two fight deal between Fury and Joshua have been in place since 2020 with the first bout scheduled for 2021.
However, the pair have not managed to meet in the ring and if Fury does retire as he says he will then the 'biggest fight ever in British boxing' will remain unfought.
As for Fury himself, he seemed to backtrack from his retirement announcement moments after what could be his final fight as he called out UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
According to the Daily Mirror, Fury proclaimed he was up for 'one very special fight' which would see the rules of boxing and MMA combined.
He said: 'It'll be something never before seen in the history of our sport. We're not talking two guys around 140lb, I'm 270lb, he's 270lb.
'It's going to be an explosive fight when it happens. I'm the boxing heavyweight champion, he's the UFC heavyweight champion, he's in great shape, look at the muscles on him.'
"Definitely sometime next year. 2023. That fight will happen!"— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 23, 2022
"Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou in Africa. The Rumble in the Jungle 2!"@francis_ngannou is adamant the @Tyson_Fury fight will happen! 👀#FuryWhyte pic.twitter.com/h4wuQGGsvO
Ngannou appeared to confirm plans for a fight between the pair, having travelled to Wembley to watch Fury's fight and ended up on camera next to the champion.
He said the fight would take place 'definitely sometime next year' and see the pair face each other with 'MMA gloves but in the ring'.
While it may be the end of Fury's boxing career, barring a surprise comeback which we wouldn't put past him, it seems as though we'll see him step into the ring once again in 2023.
While defeating Whyte was touted as the 'final curtain for the Gypsy King', there's always space for an encore.