Tyson Fury says he will step down as world heavyweight king and the WBC says they plan to talk to the undefeated Gypsy King to confirm their plans.
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Tyson Fury claims he will resign after defending his WBC and Ring magazine world heavyweight titles in front of a record 94,000 people at Wembley.
The WBC says they will talk to him soon to press him on his retirement plans and whether he will relinquish his title.
President Mauricio Sulaiman is offering to make Fury a champion emeritus so he can return at any time to fight for his crown.
Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, claims the WBC should back off, saying no one can tell the world heavyweight champion what to do. Warren doesn’t understand the urgency of the WBC as the undefeated Gypsy King has just completed his mandate to beat Dillian Whyte.
He states that the WBC should not put pressure on Fury and that he, along with his wife Paris, will decide his future when he is ready.
“No one is going to say Fury Tyson what to do,” said the head of Queensberry Promotions. “The only person who will tell Tyson Fury what to do is either Paris or himself.
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“There is nothing that the WBC should evaluate. I do not see relevance because there is no mandatory expiration, so what are they going to talk about?
“Why would they undress him? He does not have an obligatory debt. The only time they strip him is if he doesn’t fulfill his term and he just had one, that’s all.
“Whatever he’s going to do, he’s going to do it. I can’t tell him what he should do because he’s too smart for me to try to influence him.
“He is a very intelligent person, a very intelligent man.
“Listen, you can turn around tomorrow and say ‘You know what, I’m vacating the title.’ He may want to do that.”
Warren, who was speaking at the announcement of his new three-year broadcast deal with BT Sport, claims that Fury could continue to fight because he has yet to reach his peak of 33.
He will respect whatever decision he makes and urged him not to be tempted to return in a couple of years if he leaves the ring.
“Are you going to fight again?” the Hall of Fame promoter said. “Who knows? There is only one person who is going to make that decision and it will be him.
“I personally wouldn’t tell him ‘you have to fight’ because I would never go there with him. If someone doesn’t have 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 want him to do is pull back from time to time because he hasn’t peaked.
“I look at it and think that I will return two or three years later, it will not be at its best. So fight your best, whatever you do, do it when you’re at your best.
“Look at his fight with Whyte, as much of a great event as it was, 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 psychologically gets into people’s minds. The only other two fighters who have done that in my time watching boxing was Muhammad Ali, who was a genius and Mike Tyson in the early days how he intimidated people and 95 percent of his opponents were beaten before they even got in the ring.”