Tyson Fury leaned forward into the microphone and barely stopped to breathe as he continued to unfurl his resume of boxing accolades after knocking out Dillian Whyte in front of a European record 94,000 fan at Wembley Stadium .
Two English titles, two British titles, two Commonwealth titles, Irish heavyweight title, European title, WBO Intercontinental title, WBO International, WBO Super, WBA Super, IBF, IBO, Ring Magazine, Lineal, WBC, WBC Mayan II, WBC World.
Loot of Dreams, possibly directed to the Hall of Fame.
“I’ve won every belt there is to win,” he told reporters. “If it was a video game, it would definitely be over.”
It was his response to questions about retirement talks, with Fury’s point being that there isn’t much left for him to do in the sport.
And that may be true, although the prospect of a unification bout against the winner of Anthony Joshua’s summer rematch with Oleksandr Usyk comes as a “how could you resist?” conclusion of his generational career.
For Fury, retirement lingers like a familiar, long-considered, peaceful temptation. The showman aside, he loves the life of a dad, he loves the life of a husband, he is concerned with maximizing life with his family; no one could blame him for putting it all first.
“Before I fought Deontay Wilder 3, I was at home in Vegas and I said to (my wife) Paris ‘this will be the last fight, I don’t want to do it anymore’ and she said ‘yes I’m happy, let this be the last fight,’” he told reporters.
“Then after the fight, I told him in the shower, ‘this is definitely the last fight, there’s no more of that’. I was happy with that decision.
“I get a call from Frank (Warren) saying we can do a comeback fight at Wembley. I said to Paris ‘I have to go there again, I have to get the boots out again’.
“It was a tough decision. I was happy to be in Morecambe retired and going to the gym to watch Joe Parker and Tommy (Fury) train.”
If Saturday were to be the final goodbye, Fury comes out on the sweetest, nastiest sixth-round uppercut to send mandatory challenger Whyte into a contest the WBC champion has cunningly ruled from his own class.
The 33-year-old later admitted he would have been just as pleased to end things with a 12-round decision victory.
Speaking afterwards, he appeared to confirm his intention to retire before bringing UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou to the ring as the pair stoked long-running talk of a rules clash mixed. This opportunity was obviously more appealing than a potential meeting with either Joshua or Usyk.
“I said what I said, I’m happy with my decisions, I’m going home with my wife and kids, I’ve been away for a long time, I’ve accomplished everything I have ever wanted to accomplish,” he told reporters.
“I will retire as the second heavyweight in history to retire undefeated after Rocky Marciano. A two-time Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion, there has never been a Ring Magazine holder in my time, there was no linear in my time either.
“I really think so (that he will retire). I won’t rule out exhibitions for sure, Big Francis Ngannou was there today, he’s on my hit list in an exhibition fight, either in a cage, in a boxing ring, boxing gloves, UFC gloves, we can do it.
“He’s a monster guy, I’m a monster guy, so it’s going to be a Clash of the Titans for sure.”
Pressed again to potentially face Joshua or Usyk, he quoted Clark Gable as saying, “I don’t care!”.
As for other ventures, Fury hasn’t ruled out making a comeback in the wrestling world, such is the scope of opportunity at his feet.
“You might see me at SummerSlam soon. I need to talk to (WWE CEO) Vince (McMahon) and the boys, maybe that will happen,” he said. “I know there’s (wrestler) Drew McIntyre who’s said a lot about me, I gotta knock him out, like I did his buddy.”
With Saturday night’s victory, Fury improved his unbeaten record to 32-0-1, entering another historic night contributing to his extraordinary comeback outside the ring.