Tyson Fury Given Ultimatum by WBC President as His Ring Magazine Belt Goes Up for Grabs at Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Published 08/14/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury & Dillian Whyte Press Conference – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 1, 2022 Tyson Fury during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

There is no doubt that the high priest of the heavyweight division, Tyson Fury, is having a hard time staying retired. In fact, the ‘Gypsy King’ recently expressed his desire to come out of retirement to face Derek Chisora. However, it seems like the WBC president has given him an ultimatum to make up his mind.

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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that Fury had been given two weeks, until August 26, 2022, to announce his decision formally. Moreover, he would also have to provide the same in writing.

 

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Notably, Fury had recently vacated The Ring heavyweight title after announcing his retirement. And with the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk fight in focus, Sulaiman wished to make a decision about the WBC heavyweight title as well.

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It is worth mentioning that Fury retained his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles after his victory against Dillian Whyte on April 23, 2022.

Tyson Fury announces his retirement on his birthday

Tyson Fury had announced his retirement multiple times after his fight against Whyte. However, he recently cemented his decision on the occasion of his 34th birthday.

Fury took to Twitter on his birthday to post a photograph of his boxing trainer, SugarHill Steward, and himself. Moreover, he wrote in the captions, “MASSIVE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAD AN INPUT IN MY CAREER OVER THE YEARS & AFTER LONG HARD CONVERSATIONS IV FINALLY DECIDED TO WALK AWAY & ON MY 34th BIRTHDAY I SAY Bon voyage.”

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Tyson Fury during the BOXXER Fight Night at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Picture date: Saturday November 20, 2021. (Photo by Kieran Cleeves/PA Images via Getty Images)

He also went to thank Hill, his promoter Frank Warren, the WBC, and his friends and family. He mentioned that they made his journey in the world of boxing fruitful.

Notably, this announcement comes at a time when Fury had revealed that he wished to face Chisora for a trilogy showdown. In fact, he even stated that he wanted to be the only heavyweight with two trilogies.

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Joshua Ben Joseph

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Joshua Ben Joseph is a Boxing writer for EssentiallySports. He started his career as an editorial cartoonist and holds a BFA degree with a specialization in Animated Filmmaking and Screenwriting from AISFM, Hyderabad. An avid lover of boxing history, Joshua believes his writing extends his lifelong adoration for combat sports.

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