Even by boxing standards, Tyson Fury’s relationship to the idea of retirement is a bit loose.
three days later the WBC heavyweight championship has announced it is returning to boxingFury announced on Friday that he was actually hanging up his gloves for good (for now).
“A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD A CONTRIBUTION TO MY CAREER OVER THE YEARS AND AFTER LONG CONVERSATIONS IV HAS FINALLY DECIDED TO STEP AWAY AND ON MY 34TH BIRTHDAY I SAY Bon Voyage,” Fury wrote on the social networks before thanking a litany of associates.
Fury announced his initial retirement in April following his sixth-round knockout victory over challenger Dillian Whyte to retain his heavyweight crown and remain undefeated. Fury had indicated for weeks that Whyte would be his last opponent and appeared to be following through on his plan to retire at the top.
Then came a complete about-face on Tuesday, when Fury announced he was returning to the ring through social networks. Fury said he plans to face former opponent Derek Chisora for the third time:
“I decided to come back to boxing because I can be the first heavyweight champion in history to have two trilogies, one with Deontay Wilder and a second with Derek Chisora. I always said that I would fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career and here we are, again breaking all records and setting precedents.
It should be noted that Fury having two trilogies would not be unprecedented among heavyweight champions, as long as Muhammad Ali’s career exists. Ali has faced Joe Frazier and Ken Norton three times each, though some of those fights weren’t for a major heavyweight crown (and neither were Fury’s first two fights with Chisora). Evander Holyfield also faced Riddick Bowe and John Ruiz twice.
Either way, that intent to face Chisora apparently hit a snag on Thursday, as Fury posted an encrypted tweet stating that negotiations with Chisora were not productive:
The funny thing is, people like to make deals and then ask for more or change the goalposts. The usual thing for me is that I tell them to fuck off. So here we are.
Chisora would reply soon on Twitter accusing Fury of being the one moving the goal posts. And now, well, here we are.
Whether or not Fury fights again is up to Fury, but this whole episode seems to indicate that there is indeed some prize or reward that will get him back in the ring. He just has to make sure he actually gets it.