Promoter Eddie Hearn says he would not be surprised if Tyson Fury hangs up the gloves following his hard-fought win over Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou – formerly a UFC Heavyweight Champion – entered the ring a massive underdog, with the general consensus pre-fight being that Fury could end it when he so desired.
What transpired was very different. ‘The Gypsy King’ was on the canvas in the third round, and eked out a split decision win. He now moves ahead to an already-signed undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite those plans, the promoter told IFL TV he had heard ‘rumblings’ that retirement could be on the cards for the undefeated champion.
“We know he’s fragile [in general], but now we know he’s fragile in the ring. Listen, I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired honestly. I heard Spence Oliver say it, I’ve heard rumblings of it, I wouldn’t be surprised.”
In an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn reiterated the view, saying that the proposed February timeline for the Usyk bout would be tight depending on how the Brit handles his preparation.
“I would not be surprised if Fury retired and didn’t fight Usyk. When you finish a fight you’re kind of buzzing for a few days and then there will be a slump. So how long does Fury need for that slump? Three, four weeks? February sounds quite tight for me.”
Usyk was keen on a previously floated December 23 date, but Fury’s side have ruled it out.
Hearn’s comments follow those of former world champion, George Groves, who has also said he believes fans could see Fury hanging up the gloves.