Even by boxing standards, Tyson Fury’s relationship with the idea of retirement is a bit loose.
Three days after The WBC Heavyweight Championship announced that he was returning to boxingFury announced on Friday that he would indeed be hanging up his gloves for good (for now).
“THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MY CAREER OVER THE YEARS & AFTER LONG HARD TALKS IV HAVE FINALLY DECIDED TO WALK AWAY & ON MY 34TH BIRTHDAY I SAY bon voyage,” Fury wrote on social media, before he thanked a litany of employees.
Fury announced his first retirement in April following his sixth-round KO win over challenger Dillian Whyte to retain his heavyweight crown and remain undefeated. anger had hinted for weeks that Whyte would be his final opponent and seemed to push through his intention to retire at the top.
Then, on Tuesday, there was a complete reversal Fury announced he was returning to the ring via social media. Fury said he plans to face former opponent Derek Chisora for the third time:
“I’ve decided to return 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 I would fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career and here we are, breaking all records and setting precedents again.”
It should be noted that given the existence of Muhammad Ali’s career, Fury would not be unprecedented with two trilogies among heavyweight champions. Ali faced Joe Frazier and Ken Norton three times each, although some of those fights weren’t about a major heavyweight crown (nor were Fury’s first two fights with Chisora). Evander Holyfield also faced Riddick Bowe and John Ruiz twice.
Anyway, that intention to face Chisora apparently hit a snag as Fury by Thursday posted a cryptic tweet Evidence that negotiations with Chisora were not productive:
The funny thing is that people like to do business and then ask for more or change the goalposts. The usual for me is telling them to get fucked. So here we are.”
Chisora would reply soon on twitter accused Fury of being the one to move the goalposts. And now, well, here we are.
Whether or not Fury fights again is up to Fury, but this entire episode seems to indicate that there is indeed some prize or reward that will bring him back into the ring. He just has to make sure he really gets it.