Tyson Fury is adamant his stunning knockout win over Dillian Whyte is his last fight and insists money won’t be a factor in keeping him in boxing.
Fury’s wife Paris, however, believes a unification bout could inspire the champ to return to the ring, suggesting a potential undisputed clash with the winner of the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua could see him have one last hurray.
Ahead of his WBC heavyweight title fight with Dillian Whyte, Fury was adamant it would be his last fight and he confirmed his retirement at the post-fight press conference in a heartfelt speech.
“I enjoyed my career.” said Fury. “It’s been a fantastic career and I’m 34 at the minute and every good dog has their day.
“There’s a lot of money to be made but for me, I just screwed up, I came from nothing. It was never about the money, I’m not a money person, I drives in a Passat 07′.
“I don’t care what I have, it was never about money for me. I know a lot of people who have money, a lot of money, but none of them are happy, none of them and I know money doesn’t buy happiness.
“It wasn’t even about belts for me, it wasn’t about legacies, it wasn’t about nothing but slapping a fucking face in the night. That’s all it’s about.
“All I want is to win… Money is nice, it’s nice to be paid for what you do. I love boxing, I was good and got paid for it, but that’s not the end of it all.
Fury vs Whyte scorecards revealed as judge’s score questioned
Instead of dodging punches, he looks forward to school errands and drives to the dump. He is happy with his lot and his wife, Paris, is also happy.
“The world has seen him do enough. He is the best and has proven it again,” she told talkSPORT.
When asked if she wanted him to end it now, Paris replied, “Yeah. I don’t like it at all, the party part is great, but all the building and fighting is a horrible experience to live.
“I would prefer him to be home now. He has nothing else to prove in this whole world.
However, there was one condition that could change that, as she later pointed out.
“I know in my heart that the only reason Tyson would come back is for a unification fight,” Paris told BT Sport.
“That would be the only reason because there is nothing left for him.”
A unification would most likely mean a potential undisputed fight with the winner of the rematch between Usyk and Joshua, which is an outlook that former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has also embraced.
Lewis is the last undisputed champion in the division and tweeted: “A great performance from Tyson Fury tonight. This definitely keeps him as the man to beat.
“He is already in a very exclusive club in boxing, but I can’t wait to welcome him to the undisputed club. Let’s go!”
Former Fury trainer Ben Davison told talkSPORT that while this was his last fight as a professional he is honored to have been a part of his rise to the league title.
“If this is his last fight, thank you for giving me the opportunity he gave me to work with him,” he said from his ring in the commentary booth.
“The confidence he gave me to be part of this comeback. A special experience that will go down in history.
“If he does or if he doesn’t [retire], he has shown that he is the best of his time. No one will match those victories – Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder and the way he beat Dillian Whyte.