Tyson Fury could retire from the sport AGAIN after missing out on an undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
The 'Gypsy King' was in negotiations with unified world champion Usyk over a potential battle to crown the first undisputed king of the division since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The fight was pencilled in for April 29 at Wembley Stadium but negotiations hit a snag after Usyk walked away from the negotiating table after being left frustrated by the WBC title holder's demands to remove a rematch clause.
This is the latest big fight that Fury has been unable to reach an agreement for having missed out on multiple occasions to settle his long-term feud with native counterpart Anthony Joshua. The 34-year-old had announced his retirement from the sport after beating Dillian Whyte last year but decided to make a comeback to pursue Usyk, beating Derek Chisora in a warm-up fight last December.
Despite the prospect of alternative fights including against Andy Ruiz Jr and Joe Joyce, Fury's promoter Frank Warren has suggested he is uncertain what the future holds for the undefeated heavyweight. “Everything's too raw at the moment," Warren told Seconds Out when assessing Fury's options following the collapse of his latest showdown.
"Listen, he may retire. I don't know what he wants to do. He'll do whatever he wants to do. Tyson is very p***ed off because he has been in training constantly and it is not a conversation we have had yet. He will do whatever he wants to do, everyone sitting outside the ring with their comments but he is the guy who gets in the ring.
"Tyson wants to be out and he is frustrating but some things are just not meant to happen. Whatever he chooses to do but I am there with him. All I know is the facts that we can deal with is the facts that the WBA put out that Usyk's next fight is with Daniel Dubois so that is what we are working on."
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Fury could now see a number of alternative fights crop up including an all-British meeting with Joe Joyce. However he could select to retire which he has suggested before on a number of occasions before making a decisive U-turn. Despite feeling frustrated, he may see a lucrative opportunity to meet Anthony Joshua given promoter Eddie Hearn's stance to make the fight.
For now the fight with Usyk is off which will see him end his social media blackout having initially seen his trainer Sugar Hill Steward fly out to the UK to begin proceedings. Fury has regularly suggested he will look to walk away from the sport if he is unable to reach the heights that have been promised with fights again more of the biggest names.