Tyson Fury will not be walking away from boxing and is in talks to fight Deontay Wilder, despite Wednesday’s bizarre retirement announcement on Twitter.
Fury raised eyebrows when he said goodbye to boxing via Twitter, seemingly blaming the lack of trust within the sport (Warning: Language NSFW is used.):
The accompanying bio—which labelled Fury a “gypsy bastard”—made it difficult to believe the boxer’s claims were genuine, and promoter Mick Hennessy has quickly doused fears of his departure.
According to Hennessy, per Mark Staniforth of the Press Association (via the Daily Mail), David Haye’s two withdrawals from the proposed fight with Fury, which would have been Fury’s largest payday, have left the unbeaten pugilist disillusioned with the sport:
Tyson needs time to get used to the situation because all these things - broken toes, cut eyes, shoulder injuries - are like a foreign language to him.
Tyson doesn't understand what he's being confronted with … He's disgusted and sorry for the fans who have been let down twice, because Tyson is not one who would ever pull out of a fight.
Hennessy is the man charged with deciding Fury’s next move. Fury is not yet ready to fight Wladimir Klitschko for a world title, but Wilder is hot topic.
Fury recently attempted to bait the American into a showdown and was partially successful, according to the following Twitter exchange:
Hennessy confirmed, per Staniforth's report, that talks are happening, but he included the age-old caveat of a boxing promoter who might not want his man to enter such a dangerous fight at this stage of his blossoming career:
We have had talks with Wilder's people and we are in discussions at the moment but obviously there are a lot of pieces of the jigsaw we need to fit together.
We are looking at a number of different options but one thing we do know is that Tyson is one of the biggest draws in world boxing at the moment and as soon as he is ready we will look to get him back in the ring.
Fury would be wise to avoid Wilder at all costs. The American has knocked out all 30 of his opponents, per BoxRec, and is arguably the most dangerous man in the heavyweight division.
Plenty of lucrative options exist for Fury on his way to the biggest fights, including a rematch with Dereck Chisora—recently mooted by promoter Frank Warren, per Declan Warrington of the Daily Mail.
Hennessy’s comments almost guarantee Fury will soon be back in the ring, but the boxer's tweets perhaps indicate an intention to be pickier about whom he fights.
If Hennessy puts his client’s best interests first, Fury's next opponent will not be named Deontay Wilder.