Tony Bellew has this week sent a message to Tyson Fury, imploring the heavyweight world champion to try and be content away from the sport of boxing.
Speaking on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, Bellew explained that one day, Fury will have to step away from the ring and find fulfilment in looking after his family.
“He’s retired more times than John McClane.
I hope Tyson finds a way to find peace in his life and just enjoy being a father and a family man, because you can’t box forever.
What he’s done is unbelievable and I only wish him well, but you cannot continue to fight and fight forever.”
Fury has gone on the record many times as saying his mental health deteriorates when he is not in training camp, hence his decision to cut his ‘retirement’ this year short after just a handful of months.
After a well publicised dark period where he didn’t box for three years and abused drugs and alcohol, some in the sport have already expressed concern for how Fury will cope with when he does have to retire for good, despite being at the peak of his powers currently.
However, that is likely to be the last thing on ‘The Gypsy King’s mind at the moment, as an undisputed world title fight with Oleksandr Usyk is seemingly waiting in the wings. The Ukrainian was ringside for Fury’s stoppage win over Derek Chisora at the weekend and talks for a 2023 meeting between the pair are said to be progressing well.
With huge fights still to be made with countrymen Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce as well as Usyk, there is plenty for Fury to content himself with before he has to address the poignant issues raised by Bellew.