Oleksdandr Usyk not believing Tyson Fury’s retirement claims for one second

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Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is less than convinced by Tyson Fury’s retirement claim, after the Gypsy King announced he would hang up his gloves following victory over Dillian Whyte.

Fury saw off fellow Brit Whyte after a brutal knockout in the sixth round at Wembley Stadium last month. Prior to the fight, the WBC heavyweight champion had stated that he would call time on his career once he had fought the Body Snatcher in London.

Post-bout, Fury once again reiterated his plans to retire, claiming ‘there is nothing more to do’ for him in the ring. But Usyk, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO straps after beating Anthony Joshua is having none of it – telling BlockAsset: “I don’t believe him!”

The Ukrainian will reignite his rivalry with Joshua this summer in a rematch, after his victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year. Fury was expected to take on the winner of the Usyk-Joshua bout at some point in 2022 for a show-stopping heavyweight unificiation clash.

However, the Gypsy King firmly repeated his intentions to retire during an interview on the newly released Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV. He said: “This is the truth, the gospel truth, nothing but the truth – I’m done… Every good dog has its day. Like a great Roman leader said, there will always be somebody else to fight.

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“When is enough enough? I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’ve still got my brains, I can still talk. I’ve got a beautiful wife, I’ve got six kids. I’ve got umpteen belts, I’ve got plenty of money. I’ve got success, fame, glory. What more am I doing it for?

“Boxing’s a very dangerous sport, you can be taken out with one punch as we’ve seen on Saturday night, and it only takes one unlucky blow and you may not get up off that canvas. “I’m quitting while I’m ahead. I’m undefeated, only the second man in history to retire undefeated heavyweight champion.”

Meanwhile, Fury has been pressed to make a decision on his future by the WBC, with the Gypsy King yet to give up his world title belt. The 33-year-old is set to meet with bosses of the governing body later this week, where his final retirement decision will be made.

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