Tyson Fury's professional career may be at its end after the Twitter account of the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion announced he was hanging up his gloves.
Updates From Wednesday, Nov. 20:
Conflicting reports coming from Fury's camp. First, the boxer's Twitter feed seemed to confirm he was calling it quits:
Just to confirm I'm not in a bad mood or anything. I've retired 1000000% no matter what ill never fight again! pic.twitter.com/dqrkhsFcN2— Tyson avoided fury (@Tyson_Fury) November 20, 2013
But, Fury's uncle, Peter, denied that his nephew was calling it quits, according to ESPNUK.
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However, while the message itself may not be too cryptic, there's a good chance that there is more to Fury's retirement tweet than meets the eye (Warning: Language NSFW is used throughout):
Hi every1 I have officially retired from boxing. There's to many bent people in the sport. They will have to fuck some1 else. Good by boxin— Tyson avoided fury (@Tyson_Fury) November 20, 2013
The announcement—if genuine— would come as a huge surprise given the fact there were no precursors leading to such a decision. However, a more likely outcome is that Fury's account has been hacked and will soon see the retirement statement rescinded.
There are oddities in Fury's Twitter bio that lead one to believe the fighter's account has been taken over. The text says: "Don't give a f**k about anything. Every day closer to the coffin. Skint member. Gypsy b****rd."
Fury has always been proud of his gypsy heritage and so it strikes as strange that the boxer would refer to his background in such fashion.
While a lot can happen in 24 hours, it was only on Tuesday that Fury was touting himself as the biggest name in the heavyweight division and promoting a potential bout with Deontay Wilder:
@MrAndrij I bet he won't I can tell by looking in a mans eyes if he fancy s the job. There is no bigger name in the heavyweights than ME!— Tyson avoided fury (@Tyson_Fury) November 19, 2013
Team fury will do every thing in r power to make @BronzeBomber fight happen. It's up to team bomber now. I'm the best heavyweight on earth!— Tyson avoided fury (@Tyson_Fury) November 19, 2013
The Mirror's Richard Beech reported that Fury was angered by the news that David Haye would have to retire due to a career-threatening shoulder injury, requiring surgery.
The Manchester native insulted Haye publicly over social media, alluding to the fact that Haye's decision was an excuse to back down from their proposed fight:
I smell pussy is that u David I smell pussy is that u David ?? I smell pussy! I smell pussy!!@mrdavidhaye— Tyson avoided fury (@Tyson_Fury) November 17, 2013
At just 25 years of age, Fury potentially has another decade of fighting at the top if he were to continue his ascent, with a record of 21 wins and no losses, 15 of those victories coming by way of knockout, per BoxRec.com.
Fury hasn't tweeted since 12:30 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, and time is currently ticking until the situation is surely corrected.
The outspoken boxer does have other avenues outside of the sport he can pursue. Fury lined up a kickboxing bout for the aftermath of his originally proposed fight with Haye, per Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, and he has also called out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, per James Robson of the Manchester Evening News.
However, boxing is where the greatest financial opportunities exist and, with Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and maybe Haye still on the horizon, Fury will be unlikely to hang up the gloves any time soon.