Tyson Fury Has Time To Consider Retirement While WBC Braces For Decision
Tyson Fury won’t be rushed to decide whether or not he’s retiring.
That’s what WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said.
“Tyson Fury confirmed how great he is inside the ring, and outside the ring he is also a hero,” Sulaiman told Planet Sport.
“We’re going to give him the time he needs to reflect, to relax. He just did the mandatory of the division. There’s no hurry to pressure him or his team into making any decisions. We will be in communications, he’s having holiday with his family.”
Sulaiman said there is one full year before the next WBC heavyweight mandatory is due.
Fury is coming off a dominant win over interim champion Dillian Whyte, which was Fury’s mandatory defense. He knocked out the fellow Brit in the sixth round.
Many fans thought after the “Gypsy King” successfully defeated Whyte that he would refocus his attention to the winner of the rematch between unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former champion Anthony Joshua.
But Fury repeatedly said that his bout at Wembley Stadium was going to be his last – though not many people believed it.
If Fury chooses to officially retire, Sulaiman said a fight for the vacant WBC title would need to happen.
“[Deontay] Wilder is the No 1 contender, and you have Joe Joyce at No 2, No 3 is Joseph Parker,” Sulaiman said.
“I believe [Joyce and Parker] are going to have a fight for the WBO interim championship. We’ve had no confirmation, but we will just wait and see what happens. There are some variables playing around there.”
Fury capped off his trilogy fight with Wilder in October 2021 with an 11th-round knockout. The first fight ended in a split draw and the second fight Wilder suffered a seventh-round TKO.
Still, Wilder remains at the No. 1 spot within WBC’s rankings, but there hasn’t been much indication whether or not he would return to the ring either.