Tyson Fury balks at previous retirement talks ahead of Dillian Whyte fight

Tyson Fury stated he would be retiring after his boxing match with Dillian Whyte, but was less than enthusiastic about that stance on a recent media call.

A month ago, Tyson Fury insisted his April 23 boxing competition would be his last, but he slowed down his role in that stance when speaking to FanSided on a media call on April 14.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) at Wembley Stadium. It will be Fury’s first fight in his native England since 2018.

Fury made surprising statements about his boxing future ahead of the massive fight.

“This is my last fight, done,” Fury told BT Sport (h/t evening standard) March.

Fury added: “I’ve done everything I needed to do now. I’ve made more money than I can spend in a million lifetimes. Finishing off at the National Stadium, 100,000 people and another British opponent, that’s me.”

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte fight for the WBC heavyweight title on Saturday April 23 at Wembley Stadium

These comments caused quite a stir, especially since a unification fight with the winner of Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua seems possible soon.

More than a week before Fury vs Whyte, FanSided caught up with Fury on a media call and asked him about his retirement entitlements.

“To be honest all I can think of at this moment is Dillian Whyte,” Fury told FanSided. “I’m not thinking about retirement. This will all come after I’ve had the fight. We’ll think about what’s going to happen and what the future holds for me.”

That’s a very different answer than the one Fury gave to BT Sport in March.

It makes sense for Fury to focus on the 6ft-4 Whyte, but it’s odd that he hasn’t backed his claims from a month ago. Fury may have had a change of heart.

If Fury is victorious against Whyte, he could be in the perfect position to land the biggest fight of his career against the Usyk vs Joshua winner. Usyk holds the other three heavyweight titles.

Boxing fans are waiting for an undisputed champion, and Fury could be two fights away from giving them what they want. A huge payday would be hard to avoid.

At the very least, fans can breathe a little easier knowing that Fury’s retirement isn’t entirely sold. Tyson Fury balks at previous retirement talks ahead of Dillian Whyte fight

John Verrall

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