Tyson Fury insists he won’t follow in Wladimir Klitschko’s footsteps and end his career getting beaten up by rising stars.
Heavyweight great Klitschko saw his illustrious time in the ring with back-to-back losses to Fury and Anthony Joshua in 2015 and 2017. Fury first ended his nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion before that Joshua sends him to retire in a Wembley blockbuster. .
But the Gypsy King – now 33 – has no intention of hanging around for the new faces to knock him out. The WBC champion said this week that his matchup with Dillian Whyte would be his last fight. But even though that’s unlikely to be the case, he insists he won’t be fighting any longer.
He said: “For me, boxing doesn’t mean fighting world champions, young guys who come in because I studied boxing and know the history of it. Every dog has its day, whether you are the oldest or not, age catches up very quickly so you have to move for the youngest.
“Klitschko all those years ago, I said to him ‘you were a good champion in your time, a good man. But Father Time caught up with you. I said ‘you have to move for the younger ones coming , give us a chance.’ I’m the same now and I’m not far from the same age as Wladimir was when I beat him.
“There are guys, Bob’s best American, Jared Anderson, coming through. At twenty-two, the guy is incredible. I named him future heavyweight champion as soon as I fought him. You have guys like that coming. Guys like Filip Hrkovic, Tony Yoka, Joe Joyce.
“The mistake Wladimir made was he wanted to face the next era of champions and it didn’t work out for him. The mistake Roy Jones made was not to fight Mike Tyson after Ruiz and s walk away as one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. They all last too long, for what reason I don’t know. I know and they can’t get away from it because they love it too much. It’s a way of life, it’s all you know and need to know.
Fury insists he only has two fights left in him. He said, “I haven’t been here long, I’ve been here quite a while. I have a few fights left and then it’s over. I’m getting too old for this, I’m too old for this – I’m 34 this year.
“I’ve had it all, weight loss, ups and downs, alcohol issues, drug issues. I’m probably around 60 when it comes to boxing years. I’m still beating, take care of things, I’ll take care of some fights and then we’ll see.
“I’m looking forward to all these fights. Whatever fights come next, these are the ones I look forward to. Neglect no one, give everyone the respect they deserve as an opponent, because the minute you neglect an opponent, you fall off the cliff and die.