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How do you solve a problem like Tyson Fury?

With the former WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine world heavyweight champion announcing his retirement from boxing again this past week, his future is speculated.

Roll the clock back to November 2015. Tyson Fury (25-0) stood on top of the boxing mountain, arms aloft, peacocking around the Dusseldorf ring as he became the man, who beat the man, who beat the man. Now, twenty months on, the “Gypsy King” has announced his retirement again from the sport that has given him so much, as he struggles to deal with an array of problems inside and outside the ring.

gypsyking101: been very blessed in my life & career achieve the upmost in boxing, was a epic journey along the way. Thanks to all the fans that supported & believed in me along the way,
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ️️ THE END. ️️️️️

Having vacated his WBO and WBA belts last October after admitting to using cocaine to cope with depression, his first ‘retirement’ was announced on social media, with the British Boxing Board of Control supplementing his decision through taking away his boxing licence.

Having described boxing as “the saddest thing I ever took part in”, it looked like Fury was ready to throw the towel in for good, however with a quick turn around and the admission of a ‘prank’ by stating, “you think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy. I’m here to stay”… the Tyson Fury rollercoaster was well on it’s way…

So, then came April this year. With Billy Joe Saunders set to defend his WBO strap against Avtandil Khurtsidze (a fight that was later postponed due to the arrest of the Georgian), we were promised a return from Fury on the same show, as his Instragram account became littered with training videos of himself and Saunders out in Spain.

The timing however was crucial. It’s clear that Fury lacks motivation, and with the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko train full steam ahead around the same time, it gave Fury the perfect stage to make himself relevant again. Calling out Joshua, Wilder and Parker on numerous occasions, “The Gypsy King” was slowly beginning to convince the public that his return was imminent… yet it couldn’t be further away.

The timing of this retirement announcement was particularly interesting after a post he made on Instagram on the same day. A picture emerged of his promotor Mick Hennessy and Uncle, Peter Fury, standing in the ring in David Haye’s gym, looking to have struck a deal with Hayemaker promotions for a possible Hughie Fury fight later this year. This prompted Fury to post the following on Instagram, with the former champ clearly feeling betrayed by his team.

gypsyking101: @[email protected] can’t believe your both in that pricks gym, & even considering doing business whit that pice of shit. I’m totally disappointed  in you both, #JUMPINGINBEDWITHTHENEMY

Fury has been very open in the past about his struggles with mental health, and with his life and career being catapulted into the spotlight after his win over Klitschko, it appears to be taking a huge toll on his decision making and his emotional stability.

With Tyson often referring to his family, friends and religion as being the most (and sometimes only) important thing in his life, to feel this betrayal and rejection from someone so close to him, it has clearly lead him into this latest rash decision – with boxing supplying the scape goat for him to validate his problems.

Tyson Fury needs boxing, and boxing needs Tyson Fury, but at 28 years of age the “Furious One” needs sufficient time away from the sport and real time out of the spotlight if he is going to return to the sport 100% in body, and more importantly mind.

With the Fury team still battling UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for a legal ring return, all the signs are there that he will make a comeback sometime in the future, however until Tyson knows for certain what he wants from the rest of his career and is willing to commit 100% to his sport, then the less we hear, see and read about the former champ, the better.

With his hand speed, size, ring craft and fighting intelligence, there is no doubt that Fury has what it takes to reclaim what is rightfully his in the heavyweight division, but Tyson and his fans will have to be patient as we await the Fury rollercoaster climbing it’s next peak.


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Lewis Watson

London based boxing Editor, fanatic and all-round lover of the 'Sweet Science'. Growing up in the 90's, Tyson, De La Hoya and Savon grabbed Lewis' attention at an early age, with Hatton-Tzsyu confirming the obsession in 2005.

As a student of the sport, you'll find him flicking through the archives of past "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali fights, as well as wide-eyed on a Sunday for the 5am Vegas bouts.

Also covering football, darts and tennis content for BetVictor and Betfair.

  • Tim J Marlow

    Boxing needs Tyson Fury ! A abrasive but loveable character. I predict he will come back stronger & with more mouth than Ali

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