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Tyson Fury retires – again

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By Charles Brun: In what has become a sad joke, Tyson Fury has once again announced his retirement on Friday, saying he’s decided to hang up his gloves on his 34th birthday today.

As always, perhaps the real test of whether Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is retired or not is the WBC title that he’s currently holding onto.

If Fury chooses not to vacate it, it’s safe to say that he’s merely continuing with his trolling of the fans & media with a fake retirement.

Today, Fury went to the trouble to thank many people as part of his retirement announcement on Twitter. Normally, it would be viewed as a touching thing for ‘The Gypsy King’ to thank people in his life, but given that this is probably another pseudo-retirement job, it’s frankly pathetic.

At this point, there are many boxing fans that are hoping Fury does retire because he plays too many games, and his mauling fighting style is less than crowd-pleasing.

There are a lot more entertaining heavyweights that will make for an exciting option for the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II winner to fight.

If Fury is being genuine with his retirement, he’ll be remembered for the following wins:

  • Deontay Wilder
  • Wladimir Klitschko
  • Otto Wallin
  • Derek Chisora
  • Dillian Whyte

Sadly, Fury’s resume is thin in terms of quality names, as he’s been matched selectively with a lot of domestic-level fodder. Perhaps Fury’s best win came against an over-the-hill 40-year-old Klitschko in 2015.

This version of Wladimir was nowhere near the fighter he’d been a decade earlier in his career. Moreover, he took the fight against Fury after his longtime trainer Emanuel Steward passed away, and he appeared rudderless inside the ring.

Needless to say, Fury should have stuck around to fight the Joshua-Usyk winner, and then go through the following killers:

  • Joe Joyce
  • Daniel Dubois
  • Filip Hrgovic
  • Frank Sanchez
  • Arslanbek Makhmudov

You can argue that the fortune that Fury has accumulated in the last four years with his three fights against Deontay Wilder and his recent slam dunk win over Dillian Whyte has done a number on his ambition. With a net worth of $65 million, it appears Fury doesn’t want it anymore.

Charles Brun would like to see Joe Joyce or Daniel Dubois fight the Joshua-Usyk 2 winner, as that would be infinitely more compelling than watching Fury use his jab & grab style against them.

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