WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has announced he is walking away from boxing, reiterating that he is now retired from the sport, after defending his world title against Dillian Whyte earlier this year.
The unbeaten boxer will now be considering what the future holds for him, as he is sure to be inundated with various offers.
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Although he has made a second announcement on retirement, it is hard to see Fury not being allured about the prospect of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Oleksandr Usyk is set to face Anthony Joshua in a rematch, with his WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO titles on the lines. According to the outright markets, the Ukrainian is the odds-on favorite at -225, for those who want to bet on the Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua bout. A fight with the winner of that contest would give Fury the chance to land all four major titles in the division.
One of the reasons Fury is walking away from boxing is that he feels there aren’t any more challenges for him left in the sport. If Usyk proves once again that he is just as strong in the heavyweight division, the Brit may change his view and return to face the unbeaten fighter.
Fury has not been one to back down from challenges in sports and entertainment companies other than boxing. In 2019, he had a spell in WWE where he was very successful. His personality shone through in the wrestling ring.
A return to WWE could not be ruled out. The wrestling organization is likely to be very keen to secure the boxer down to a long-term contract. They may look towards Fury as someone to tie down ahead of WrestleMania in 2023.
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Another sport Fury has been linked to is MMA. The UFC is one of the most successful brands and there are several fighters who have been calling him out. A clash with the reigning UFC heavyweight title holder Francis Ngannou would make for a fascinating fight, and it could be very lucrative for both men.
Given the amount of experience he has in the sport, Fury may want to move into the coaching side of boxing. Many former champions have gone on to become successful coaches after they have retired.
Fury has a very positive outlook on boxing and the benefits of training. He is likely to be highly effective at motivating a fighter, while his tactics in the ring have always been good.
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The WBC champion is likely to be involved in helping his half-brother Tommy Fury and cousin Hughie Fury in the ring. Even during his own fighting career, he still found time to be in their corner. Now he is retired, he is likely to be more active in their training as they bid to have success in their respective divisions.
Fury looks certain to enter the boxing Hall of Fame in the future. Whatever he does from here, if it’s half as good as his boxing career, he will be a huge success.