Tyson Fury has officially vacated his Ring Magazine heavyweight title following his latest retirement announcement.
The move is the strongest indication so far that his decision is genuine after the 34-year-old doubled down on his previous retirement stance in an emotional social media post yesterday. However, not everyone was convinced by his decision after he initially claimed he was retiring following his win over Dillian Whyte in April.
He has regularly teased various comebacks and has also called out the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, with the rematch between the pair taking place next weekend. Fury’s retirement saga has continually dragged on since his fight with Whyte and, even now, some are still not convinced.
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Earlier this week he announced he was planning a comeback to face Derek Chisora in a trilogy bout but then claimed negotiations stalled. Yesterday he used his 34th birthday to say once again he was quitting for good.
Now The Ring Magazine has confirmed Fury will be vacating their title, which recognises the best fighter in each weight division. However, many would still argue that the Gypsy King’s retirement is still not officially confirmed until he vacates his WBC heavyweight world title. The Brit is yet to confirm whether he will and the sanctioning body has also yet to announce whether they will strip it from him amid his decision.
“The Ring Magazine championship has always been the holy grail of boxing,” Fury toldRing Magazine. “They’ve been fantastic with me and I’ve always carried that title with pride.”
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Fury’s decision to drop the title also opens up the possibility for the Joshua vs Usyk rematch to now take place with the belt at stake. If Fury were to return and face the winner it would give him a chance to become only the second man after Muhammad Ali to win it three times.
When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Fury said: “To be honest with you, and I’ve always said, I don’t really give a f*** about what people think of me
“I don’t care how they remember me. Being remembered means you’re not active [as a person] anymore, you’re finished, and that’s it.”
Despite his retirement talk and efforts to negotiate another fight with Chisora, Fury has also flirted with organising exhibition bouts. Last week he even flew to Iceland to confront Thor Bjornsson, but subsequently discovered his rival was away filming in Rome instead.
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