Tyson Fury has reaffirmed his retirement from boxing in a social media post, saying: “I’ve finally decided to walk away and on my 34th birthday I say Bon voyage.
‘The Gypsy King’ vowed to walk away from the sport following his knockout win over Dillian Whyte to retain his WBC title at London’s Wembley Stadium in April.
Since then, he has persistently teased the possibility of a return to the ring, But in June ‘The Gypsy King announced he would’ “100 percent” return to the ring, although he stressed “big pockets” would be required for a potential unification bout against Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk most recently suggesting he was in talks to fight old foe Dereck Chisora for a third time.
Fury still holds the WBC title and was widely expected to return to the ring to fight the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
But in a social media post shared on Friday morning, he has once again insisted the show is over.
‘Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career over the years and after long hard conversations I’ve finally decided to walk away and on my 34th birthday I say Bon Voyage,’ Fury wrote.
After paying tribute to promoter Frank Warren, trainer SugarHill Steward and a number of others he has worked with over the years, Fury added: ‘Massive shout out to Paris Fury who helped me more than anyone and most of all thank you God. See you all on the other side you big dossers. 2008-2022.
Fury’s previous retirement vows have been met with scepticism by his fans, his rivals and even his own promoters with Frank Warren suggesting just this week a return could still be on the horizon.
‘I speak to him all the time. If he wants to fight, he’ll fight. I’m not going to tempt him. Because if he needs that then he shouldn’t be fighting,’ Warren told Sky Sports.
‘It’s got to come from him and his heart. Do I think we’ll see Tyson in a ring [again]? I do because I think he’s a fighting man and I think he’ll miss it too much.
‘The fans love him. He’s got a real rapport with the man on the street. He’s different class. And he’ll do what he wants to do.’
Since April, Fury has made a number of contradictory statements over his future. The Manchester fighter previously claimed it would take an offer of £500million to bring him out of retirement to fight the winner of Usyk vs Joshua.