Following the news that the undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been postponed, it has been suggested that Fury should retire and now Eddie Hearn has responded to that idea.
Fury and Usyk were set to fight for all four major world titles on February 17, the first time there has been an undisputed contest since 1999. Last Friday, Fury revealed he had been cut in sparring so the fight has been delayed to the new date of May 18.
There have been occasions in the past where Fury has pulled out of fights late in the day – he did so with an ankle injury ahead of a rematch with Wladimir Kiltschko soon after he won the world titles from the Ukranian out in Germany back in 2015.
After the initial delay, the fight did not end up taking place at all, with Fury taking three years out to deal with mental health issues, before staging his incredible comeback.
Speaking to Seconds Out, Hearn was asked if he thought Fury might retire in light of this latest postponement.
“He’s not my fighter, I can’t speak on his behalf, but I don’t think so. I think he will want to fight and prove people wrong. There probably is wear and tear. Everybody gets it as they get older in a career, but I’m hoping it is rescheduled for as soon as possible.”
Hearn is invested in the undisputed as it has long been believed that the winner of that fight will then be maneuverered into a match-up with the winner of his man Anthony Joshua versus Francis Ngannou on March 8 in another undisputed fight.