The world heavyweight champion has vowed to quit boxing after his comeback fight with Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London tonight
Tyson Fury is planning his retirement ahead of his fight with Dillian Whyte tonight, and expects to disappear from the spotlight after hanging up the gloves.
The world heavyweight champion will step into the ring for fight No. 33 at Wembley Stadium and insists he will not seek to unify the division with the winner of the rematch of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua more late this year. Instead, he has vowed to give up boxing and live a quiet life as a family man in Morecambe with his wife Paris and their six children.
Fury is a strong favorite heading into his fight with Whyte, and if he gets the win he will retire with a 32-0-1 record, the only blemish coming from his highly controversial draw with Deontay Wilder in 2018. He has made tens of millions from the sport, including a world-record purse bid for tonight’s fight.
And he is now focused on his health and family matters as he seeks to hang up the gloves and spend time away from the vicious sport of boxing. “I have nothing to prove to anyone,” he told the Top Rank Boxing YouTube Channel before what he promises will be his swan song in the boxing world.
“I’m just here to have fun, enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy the night. It’s the last goodbye, it’s been a long ride and it’s quite emotional to be honest. I started as a as a little kid, i went on to become a heavyweight champion and now i’m hanging up the gloves.
“I know nobody believes me because they all think I’m after money or whatever, there’s only a certain number of people who know that money doesn’t mean nothing for me i’m leaving i have nothing to prove , do what i had to do and win, lose or draw saturday night, we’ll fight hard and go home. everything.”
Fury’s wife, Paris, has never been fond of her husband’s career, having been with him through the highs of his world title glories and the lows of his mental health struggles. She implored him to hang up the gloves after his trilogy with Deontay Wilder, where he was brutally shot four times over more than an hour in the ring together.
But he felt he couldn’t turn down the chance to have one last comeback fight against his former sparring partner Whyte at the National Stadium in front of 94,000 of his own fans.
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“Before Wilder’s last fight, we were both in the room in the house in Vegas and I said ‘this is it, this is the last one, now, with Wilder,'” Fury explained. “She said ‘thank goodness for that’, and after the fight we had the opportunity to make a big one at home with Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium and that’s an opportunity not to be passed up.
“It’s the capital’s stadium, it’s a massive, massive event with the biggest crowd Wembley has ever had for any sporting event, I believe. I had always planned to walk away, and here we are. The great Julius Cesar said ‘there will always be someone else to fight’.”
Fury has promised that when he retires he will delete his Instagram and other social media, with millions of followers, in hopes of shaking off his celebrity lifestyle. “I had 20 years as a boxer, that’s all,” he continued.
“I don’t want the celebrity lifestyle, I don’t want to be a movie star or anything like that, I just want to be left alone, I don’t want to be tortured by people.
“I want to turn off my Instagram, be left alone and get away from this famous lifestyle, I can’t stand it. It’s the truth of the gospel, I don’t care at all. I’m here to make it one last fight and this is me, i’m out for good, this is goodbye forever.
“I’ve done enough, I’m going back to Morecambe Bay to live a normal life in my normal VW Passat car, I’ll take my kids to their normal local school and that’s it. I might go out for something to eat the weekend.
“It’s going to be shopping for school, shopping for the trash, haircuts on Mondays and cleaning the car on Tuesdays, I’ve planned my life quite routinely. That’s how I want it , the richest and smartest man in the world who ever lived was King Solomon, he said that all is vanity and the best thing you can do is eat, drink and drink. enjoy my work and me.”