“I said retire, he’s won everything, he’s got no more to prove”
Tyson Fury has been advised to retire from boxing by his dad John Fury.
The Gypsy King defeated Deontay Wilder in the pair’s trilogy bout at the T-Mobile Arena in October, securing victory with an 11th round TKO to retain his WBC heavyweight belt.
Following the fight, which was a back-and-forth spectacle, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Wilder a medical suspension until April 8, unless he is cleared by a doctor beforehand.
Fury, who knocked his opponent down three times on his way to victory in their trilogy fight, was handed the standard 45-day suspension following his victory which was his first-ever world heavyweight title defence.
The Englishman has since hinted that he may retire from boxing, admitting that he isn’t sure if he needs to “fight any more.”
While the 33-year-old might only be flirting with the idea of hanging up his gloves, his father – John – has stated that he wants his son to retire from the sport, insisting ‘he’s got no more to prove’.
John, who was speaking to BT Sport, said: “He’ll have a good hard-earned rest now and what he wants to do is up to him.
“I said retire, you’ve done enough, he’s won everything, he’s got no more to prove. He’s got millions in the bank, he’s secure for life.
“There’s more to life than getting your brains rattled to please the public.
“He’s his own man, he’ll do what he wants to do. But for me, I’d like to call it a draw now.”
The 57-year-old also revealed that Tyson was “very badly injured” prior to the Wilder trilogy fight.
He stated that Tyson had injections in both elbows to numb them before the bout, with the Gypsy King since undergoing a six-hour operation to remove bone spurs.
Despite this, the Irishman knew that Tyson was desperate to ‘seek and destroy’ when he fought the Bronze Bomber.
“He was handicapped from the beginning, but the boxing side of it, it went out the window because I knew he was going to be like that from the on, when I saw the look in his eye, he just wanted to destroy, seek and destroy and that’s what he did,” said John.
“It’s probably one of the most exciting heavyweight fights you’ll see, but boxing wise, they couldn’t have trained for that could they?”
The World Boxing Council will be meeting for their convention in mid-November, where they may order Fury to defend against his mandatory Whyte.
Should the WBC order Fury to defend against Whyte next – as many believe they will – it’ll be up to the Gypsy King to decide whether to go along with their ruling.
To watch BT Sport’s exclusive interview with John Fury in full, head to the BT Sport Boxing YouTube channel.
- Tyson Fury offers to pay Man United a visit at training after Derby defeat
- Eddie Hearn: Tyson Fury versus Dillian Whyte set to be announced next month
- Tyson Fury sends Deontay Wilder birthday video