Tyson Fury to be given time to make a final decision on his future

‘There’s NO time limit’: Tyson Fury will not be rushed into confirming his retirement plans, claims WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman… adding to the possibility of a return to the ring for an undisputed fight against Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk

  • Heavyweight Tyson Fury has claimed that he is planning to retire from boxing
  • However, he is yet to vacate his WBC title, and some doubt whether he will retire
  • WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will give Fury time to think about his future 
  • Fury could still decide to face Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk later this year 

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has insisted that the governing body will not put pressure on Tyson Fury to make a final decision on his future.

Fury made the second defence of his WBC heavyweight title last month, beating fellow Brit Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley, and announced afterwards that he was planning to retire from the sport.

There remain some doubts as to the legitimacy of Fury’s claim, though. Sulaiman has stated that he will make contact with the 33-year-old soon, but he will not rush the champion into confirming his plans.

Tyson Fury announced his intention to retire after beating Dillian Whyte last month

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has said Fury will not be pressured into confirming his plans

‘We’re going to give him the time he needs to reflect, to relax,’ Sulaiman told Planet Sport.

‘He just did the mandatory of the division. There’s no hurry to pressure him or his team into making any decisions.  

‘There’s no time limit right now. I’m respecting the level of Tyson Fury, his private time with his family, but we will talk in the near future certainly.

‘We need to address the situation if he is retiring, but at this time we are just giving him the much deserved time to enjoy his holidays.’

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are expected to fight each other in July

Fury could still look to face the winner in an undisputed fight rather than retiring

The WBC’s stance could allow Fury the opportunity to see how the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua plays out before deciding whether to vacate his title or not.

Usyk and Joshua faced one another last September, with the Ukrainian picking up a unanimous decision victory to become a two-weight world champion.

The pair are expected to square off again in late July, with the WBO, WBA and IBF belts on the line.

Fury may now bide his time, and hold off on officially announcing his retirement, leaving the door open for a potential unification showdown with either Usyk or Joshua later in the year. 

There has never been a four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion, and Fury may fancy his chances of creating history before he hangs up his gloves for good. 

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