Following Tyson Fury‘s dominant KO victory against Dilliian Whyte in front of a record 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, he stated he was retiring from the sport of professional boxing. Following this, the WBC has said they will look to speak with Fury to press him on his retirement plans and if he will relinquish the title as a result.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is offering to make Tyson Fury an “Emeritus Champion”, which would enable him to come back at any point and fight for his title. Following the comments, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren thinks the WBC should back off and that no one can tell Fury what to do.
Frank Warren Doesn’t Understand the Wbc’s Stance
Frank Warren said, “No one will tell Tyson Fury what to do. The only person who will tell Tyson Fury what to do will be Paris or himself. There’s nothing for the WBC to assess. I don’t see any relevance because there’s no mandatory due, so what are they going to talk about? Why would they strip him? He’s got no mandatory due. The only time he gets stripped is if he doesn’t fulfil his mandatory and he’s just had one, that’s it. Whatever he’s going to do, he’s going to do. I can’t tell him what he should do because he’s too intelligent for me to try and influence. He’s a very smart person, a very clever man. Listen, he may turn round and say tomorrow, “You know what, I’m vacating the title”. He may want to do that”.
The promotor was speaking amidst the announcement of his new 3-year broadcasting deal with BT Sport and claims Fury may well continue to fight as he is yet to reach his peak at age 33. He stated he would respect whatever decision he made and urged him to not return in a couple of years if he did hang up the gloves.
Does Warren Think Fury Will Fight Again?
Warren also stated, “Is he going to fight again? Who knows? There is only one person who is going to make that decision, and that will be him. Me, personally. I would not say to him, “you need to fight” because I would never go there with him. If someone’s not got it in their heart to fight, then they shouldn’t be in the ring because it’s the most dangerous sport you can get involved in, and you can get hurt. What I wouldn’t like him to do is retire now and then come back because he’s not reached his peak. I look at him, and I think to come back two or three years later, he ain’t going to be at his peak. So fight at your best. Whatever you do, do it when you’re at your best.”
“Look at the fight with Whyte. As much as it was a great event, it was a one-sided fight. He never lost a round. He dominated that fight from the moment it was signed, not just in the ring. He is a master at how he gets into people’s minds psychologically. The only other two fighters who’ve done that in my time of watching boxing were Muhammed Ali, who was a genius, and Mike Tyson in the early days. How he intimidated people, and 95 per cent of his opponents were beaten before they got in the ring.”
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