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:
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):
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 However, a more likely outcome is that Fury's account has been hacked and will soon see the retirement statement rescinded.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:
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:
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.