Boxing Odds: Fury confirms retirement plan

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Tyson Fury has revealed that next month’s WBC heavyweight title showdown with Dillian Whyte will be the “final fight” of his career, but will the Gypsy King go down as one of the all-time greats? (Fury 1/8, Whyte 5/1, Draw 25/1 – Bout Winner).

The all-British showdown between Fury and Whyte was finally agreed last week, with the duo putting pen to paper on the contracts for a bout at Wembley on April 23.

That will be Fury’s first fight on British soil since 2018, and he had been expected to go on and face the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk later this year (Usyk 2/5, Joshua 2/1, Draw 20/1 – Bout Winner), provided he got the better of Whyte.

However, speaking at a press conference to launch next month’s fight, Fury has now revealed that he will instead call time on his career after facing Whyte.

“This is the final fight of my career; I’m retiring after this, $150m in the bank, healthy, young, I’m gonna buy a massive yacht abroad. I’m retiring, I’m out, this is my final fight, I’m done,” the 33-year-old announced.

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If Fury (14/1 to win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2022) does follow through on his promise to retire, then he will have to go down as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, as heading into his bout with Whyte, he is undefeated in his 32 professional fights, winning 31 of those, with the only exception being his controversial draw with Deontay Wilder in December 2018.

The Gypsy King did eventually get the better of Wilder, stopping him after seven rounds of their rematch in February 2020 before delivering an emphatic 11th-round knockout when they clashed for a third time in October last year.

Victory over Whyte would further consolidate Fury’s standing as one of the greats of the heavyweight division. Although many may not see him as being better than the likes of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, he certainly has to enter the conversation.

Perhaps Fury’s legacy as one of the greats will be affected if he does retire after facing Whyte, as many boxing fans have been waiting for him to take on Joshua in an all-British showdown, while a bout with Usyk, who is the reigning WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO champion would also capture the imagination.

There is still plenty of time for Fury to reverse his decision, and the outcome of his bout with Whyte may have some bearing, but if he were to call time on his career after next month’s fight, then the boxing world would be losing one of the great characters and fighters of his generation.

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