Lennox Lewis believes Tyson Fury will keep fighting despite retirement promise
Lennox Lewis doesn't think Tyson Fury will be retiring until he's matched his own feat of becoming the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
'The Gypsy King' was at his dominant best against Dillian Whyte on Saturday night, controlling the opening five rounds before dropping him with a brutal right uppercut in the sixth. To his credit, 'The Body Snatcher' staggered back to his feet but referee Mark Lyson promptly called for the bell.
But in the immediate aftermath of his win, attention soon turned to whether or not the WBC and The Ring champion would ever be seen donning the gloves again. Indeed, he doubled down on his pre-fight claim that the fight with Whyte would be his last.
"I promised my lovely wife Paris of 14 years that after the Wilder 3 fight, that would be it," he told BT Sport. "I meant it, we had a war, it was a great trilogy and I meant that.
"But I got offered to fight at Wembley at home and I believe I owed it to the fans, every person in the United Kingdom to come here and fight at Wembley. Now that it's all done, I think this is it, this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King. What a way to go out, a big thank you to the United Kingdom!"
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However, the Morecambe-based man did seem to contradict that pledge just minutes later, agreeing to fight UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a 'crossover' bout. Regardless, Lewis tipped Fury to box again, against the winner of the Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch in July.
"I would understand it, the guy has been working hard all of his life and if he promised his wife he wouldn’t box any more. That what he promised," Lewis told BT Sport. "I think he’s going to be back in the ring. I still hold the undisputed status. I’m the last man so if he wants it he’s going to have to stay."
Back in 1999, Lewis, 56, unified the heavyweight division by beating Evander Holyfield, meaning he then held the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles. Fury has held all the current belts, but never at the same time following his hiatus from the sport back in 2016.
He certainly made the most of his homecoming in London though, treating the 94,000 crowd to a spectacular ring walk as he came though the curtain on a throne. Amid a remix of American Pie and King of Leon, he then ran into the ring to a huge reception.
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