Current world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has revealed he may quit boxing – scuppering a potential rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury, 27, ended the Ukrainian’s ten-year world championship reign by defeating him for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in November. It was his first defeat since 2004.
Fury was stripped of the IBF title for refusing to fight their mandatory challenger, another Ukrainian, Vyacheslav Glazkov.
However, the reason he refused to fight Glazkov was due to agreeing a rematch with Klitchsko in principle, so this news will come as a surprise to many in boxing circles.
“I’m struggling to get motivated. I could walk away. I could just sail into the sunset unbeaten with all the belts and live a normal life,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The ‘Gypsy King’ admitted that his young family have caused him to rethink his future in the squared circle.
“I have a young family I want to spend a lot of time with. There is life after boxing and I don’t know what I’m going to do at the moment. I haven’t even cemented I am going to fight a rematch.
“I’d say it’s about 80-20 in boxing’s favour at the moment. But there is that 20%. I don’t know how I’m going to feel when I go back to the gym and get back involved in it.”
With Klitschko having taken up his rematch option with Fury in December, it’s probable that this isn’t the last we’ve heard from either his or the champion’s side on a potential rematch.
Josh Prenderville, Pundit Arena