Tyson Fury to retire? Profile of world heavyweight champion

Tyson Fury’s vow to retire from professional boxing could mark the end, for now at least, of an extraordinary career.

His rise, fall, and rise again may have seen a final chapter as the British fighter retained his WBC heavyweight world title with victory against Dillian Whyte.

Fury stopped his compatriot in the sixth round in front of a 94,000-capacity Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

And afterwards the 33-year-old said: “You know I promised my lovely wife Paris of 14 years that after the three [Deontay] Wilder fights that would be it, and I meant it. It was a great trilogy but I meant that.

“I got offered to fight at Wembley at home and I believe I owed it to the fans, every person in the UK, to fight at Wembley. I think this is it – this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King. What a way to go out.”

His record stands at 32 wins from 33 fights, as well as the memorable draw in his first of three meetings with Deontay Wilder.

Speaking after cruising past Whyte, Fury said: “I’ve won every belt there is to win, there’s nothing more I can do, I’ve won every belt in the game.

“If this was a computer game it would definitely be completed, for sure.”

Whether he stays out of the ring for good remains to be seen, with some predicting a return, but whatever happens, he will always be viewed as a popular, talented, charismatic and controversial figure.

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Few could have predicted Fury would become world heavyweight champion when he was born three months prematurely in 1988, weighing in at just 1lb, with doctors describing his chance of survival as slim.

But he grew up among boxers in a family of travellers in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, and won gold in the 2008 English National Championships as an amateur as well as silver in the European Junior Championships while representing Ireland.

Fury’s first coach, Steve Egan, said he knew the fighter would go on to become world champion when he walked into his gym as a 14-year-old.

Tyson Fury’s first coach Steve Egan recalls his first meeting with the boxer at age 14
But it was a surprise when it eventually happened, as Fury pulled off one of the great upsets in the heavyweight division with victory over then-unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury’s unconventional approach saw him dress up as Batman in the pre-fight press conference before ending Ukrainian Klitschko’s nine-year reign as champion in the 25th fight of his professional career.

Victory over Klitschko in Germany would prove to be his last fight for nearly 1,000 days.

Sidelined, drugs and depression
Within a year of his greatest triumph Fury was taking drugs, binge drinking and going to sleep hoping he would not wake up.

He said he had been to the “worst place anybody could go” during his fight with depression.

Tyson Fury – I had to let go of my “outlaw” character
Rather than build on the success of beating Klitschko, he confessed to “hating boxing” and using cocaine. He relinquished his titles and tested positive for a banned steroid – something he blamed on eating uncastrated wild boar.

Fury, the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’, said racism directed at the travelling community fuelled some of his controversial outbursts and played a part in his mental health struggles as he contemplated taking his own life.

During that period he apologised after being criticised for comments he had made about women and homosexuality.

His weight ballooned, but he shed 10 stones on the way to a comeback in the summer of 2018 before getting his next shot at the world title against American Deontay Wilder in December of that year.

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