Tyson Fury is undefeated in 34 bouts – a two-time heavyweight champion who says he’s done everything there is to do in the sport of boxing.
In fact, he’s still to become undisputed, but that is potentially just one fight away with a four-belt clash against Oleksandr Usyk signed and the date set to be announced soon.
Many fans feel that, to cement his legacy, the Morecambe man must beat the Ukrainian and then finally make good on a domestic grudge match against Anthony Joshua.
Speaking to Heart Breakfast in August, Fury said he could potentially just have one fight left with a view to leaving the sport with everything intact.
“Who knows how long I’ve got left. Maybe not long… maybe a year, maybe two years, maybe one fight, who knows?”
“One thing I do know is I’m going to enjoy every minute that I have left, every fight that I have left I’m taking it all in and enjoying it. I want my kids there, my little boys walk me out and stuff and I’m very happy with where I am in my life and that I’m in a position where I can give them this excitement.”
“I think every fighter knows when it’s time to walk away. They always leave it too long anyway, but I’m sure I’ll make the right decision. Like you say, I’ve got a lot to do in my life. I got a lot of kids and I need to be in the right mind. I don’t need to be getting injured or whatever.”
In the time since that interview – just around two months – the undefeated Brit has apparently had a rethink. In an interview ESPN ahead of his crossover bout against Francis Ngannou, ‘The Gypsy King’ said his plan was another ten fights.
“I’m looking to sign another 10-fight deal after this, so I don’t know, I’m going to put my feelers out there and see who I can get the best deal off for another 10 fights.”
“What else is there? I retire, plenty of money, plenty of achievement, whatever – 35 [years old]. What am I going to do? … This makes me f***ing happy fighting. This is all I’ve ever done and all that’s ever made me happy. So it’d be stupid now to walk away from it when I’m making millions of dollars and getting loads of joy from it as well.”
Fury is currently signed with Top Rank and Queensberry, and has a blossoming relationship with the boxing businessmen in Saudi Arabia.
His fight with Ngannou on October 28 lands in Riyadh, as will the Usyk fight, which is expected to be formally announced soon after.