Tyson Fury will fight Dillian Whyte on December 1st and the former heavyweight champion said that he would not be surprised if his career ends in a loss. As for what could motivate him to continue, he’s been having fun fighting again and it feels like an adventure.
Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Fury does retire, but it’s complicated’. The fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte is a big one for the heavyweight division. With both fighters having a lot to gain or lose in this match-up, the outcome of the fight is uncertain.
Tyson Fury discusses his possible retirement: ‘There is nothing more I can do.’
Tyson Fury’s performance in the ring against Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium was flawless.
“We’ll have a masterclass tonight,” he informed his teammates as he walked out of his dressing room. And boy, oh boy, did he come through for us.
I had the honor of being on the ring apron. He was teasing and building up Whyte when he threw that blow. It was flawless to the millimeter. Precise.
Whyte somehow sprang to his feet. Fury, on the other hand, never misses a step or a blow.
The Gypsy King has announced his retirement. I won’t be shocked if he retires from boxing, but the situation is complicated.
Fury has calmed down, but it may return for a last showdown.
Fury exudes a sense of satisfaction. He seems to be in an unusually peaceful and serene state. Since defeating Deontay Wilder for the championship in February 2020, he has remained in that position.
The Wilder trilogy battle was the bonus fight, which Fury had always wanted to be a part of. That night, he triumphed and became a national hero.
One of the reasons Fury accepted the fight with Whyte was that he saw him as one of the final men ready to challenge him.
Whyte would have said, “Hey, I’ve been calling you for a year – what are you doing retiring?” if the fight hadn’t happened.
If he retires now, you may argue that he would lose out on a chance to fight for all the titles against the winner of Anthony Joshua vs. unified champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury, on the other hand, has already come close to defeating the two of them. Venues, prices, shares, and contracts for Fury-Joshua were all negotiated upon last year, according to my understanding.
We were almost sold out of tickets for the 8 August fight in Saudi Arabia, but that mega-match fell through at the last minute when Wilder moved to arbitration, forcing Fury to face him for the third time.
Usyk-Fury was growing closer and closer towards the conclusion of last year and the beginning of this year. WBC mandatory challenger Whyte, on the other hand, disrupted that by stating that he would not accept a step-aside money.
Joshua ingeniously claimed that he never agreed to a pay to allow Usyk and Fury to fight, implying that he was given a number but needed a little extra honey to make it sweet enough.
So Fury would look at the heavyweight division and say to himself, ‘OK, Usyk and Joshua couldn’t agree on conditions to fight me.’ Everyone who was willing to take the risk has joined me in the ring, and I’ve taken care of them. I’ve beaten the odds by fighting and defeating Wilder, and I’ve gone into a battle with Whyte and shown the magnitude of the class divide.’
Usyk and Joshua seem to be set to fight in Saudi Arabia in July, which means Fury will be out of the ring for at least a year, even if he does not retire. He might face the winner at Wembley in April or May next year.
Where is the incentive to get Fury in with two men who have just gone through a grueling 12-rounder? If Usyk and Joshua have a hard, close fight and Usyk just about retains the title – or if Joshua just about regains the title – where is the incentive to get Fury in with two men who have just gone through a grueling 12-rounder?
A spectacular victory would spice things up and get us closer to an undisputed bout; if Usyk dismantles Joshua, Fury’s pride could be tickled. He could simply desire vengeance for all of England, as he sees it.
Equally, if Joshua accomplishes what I believe he is capable of and marches past Usyk – too large, too powerful, too determined – and then calls out Fury, there is no way Fury will not react, even if he is hidden in a bear cave in Alaska.
Is Fury the all-time best British heavyweight?
Because of their size, the way they move, the way they box, and how often they fight, heavyweights from various periods are particularly difficult to compare.
Henry Cooper, who faced Muhammad Ali twice and lost both times, was six stone lighter and seven inches shorter than Fury. That is an absurd analogy. It’s the equivalent of comparing an 11-a-side football squad to a six-a-side football team.
Then there’s Lennox Lewis, who is a huge guy but not as big as Fury. You may almost make a comparison between the two. Lewis vs. Fury would have been an epic battle.
Lewis was a gold medalist with pedigree, passion, and ambition who was mobile, sharp, and intrepid. He had a huge jab, strong arms, and Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward in his corner.
Fury, deservedly, is at the top of the list as the finest of his time, but Lewis was a behemoth. The monarch.
Joe Bugner is the great underappreciated British heavyweight on the all-time list. He was a 15-round specialist with a lot of experience. He fought Muhammad Ali for that long and then boxed again around five days later. In the 1970s, the lads did just that.
I’d want to see Fury return to the WWE.
Morecambe’s pride has already worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and I expect to see him in professional wrestling again in October or November.
It got him back into the gym the last time. It would be wonderful if he fought Joshua in April or May 2023 and had a 10-week wrestling training camp.
Can you image him doing a WWE tour in the United States? It’d be like traveling with Kiss, the greatest rock band of all time, where he’d be selling out 20,000 venues every night for a month. It would be fantastic.
You can plan how you fall from a five-foot-high ring turnbuckle when a person swings you, but you can’t orchestrate how you fall from a five-foot-high ring turnbuckle when a guy swings you.
Physically, you hurt when you fall on your back, head, or shoulder. Although you are not struck on the chin as in boxing, it is a violent sport.
I’m not sure I agree with Fury’s suggestion of a mixed martial arts-boxing match. If he fights a UFC fighter, it will have to be under boxing rules.
Is he going to face and defeat UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a boxing match? Yes, and with such aplomb that it’s humiliating. He may be able to accomplish it while wearing his slippers and smoking a cigar.
It would be ridiculous to battle against anybody under MMA regulations that allow you to take down your opponent.
Fury is a competent grappler, but he is not a professional grappler like the great MMA stars.
Whyte isn’t broken; he’s simply sad.
Finally, I’d want to say a few words about Whyte.
He lost against the best of his time, but he demonstrated his heart, athleticism, and strength by somehow overcoming the odds.
He was devastated when I talked to him in the changing room. He’ll take a little rest and return refreshed. At the present, he can battle with any other heavyweight.
What’s interesting is how fast he’s been forgotten about and mocked. He was struck with one startling shot, out-jabbed for five and a half rounds, and had a couple body shots.
He is not harmed, believe me. He’s just devastated. The rest of the division should keep an eye on him until he’s dried his tears and returned to the gym.
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Steve Bunce was chatting with Kal Sajad of Sport.
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