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Tyson Fury will not be retiring, according to promoter

Tyson Fury after his victory over Dillian Whyte. Photo credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury won’t be retiring anytime soon, according to Eddie Hearn.

The 33-year-old Fury 32-0-1 (23) defeated Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte 28-3 (19) by sixth-round knockout at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

Whyte, 34, who is promoted by Hearn, was dropped by a right uppercut late in the round. Although he beat the count, Whyte was on unsteady legs and referee Mark Lyson waved off the fight at the 2:59 mark.

After the fight Fury hinted at retirement, saying: “This might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King,” he said. “And what a way to go out. I’ve won every belt there is to win, there’s nothing more I can do, I’ve won every belt in the game.

“If this was a computer game it would definitely be completed for sure.”

But Hearn is not convinced.

“Tyson Fury is a great bluff merchant, he ain’t retiring,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “The biggest fights for Tyson Fury haven’t happened yet. He’s the best heavyweight on the planet right now, I’ll give him that. But when we talk about generational greatness? Yes, for this exact generation, but please… with victories over [Deontay] Wilder, [Wladimir] Klitschko and Whyte, don’t talk about him in the same breath as [Muhammad] Ali, [Joe] Frazier and Lennox Lewis.

“There is no argument Fury is number one [right now]… well actually there could be an argument between Fury and Usyk, but with that resume, don’t call him a generational great. He may be the greatest of all time, I don’t think so, but he has got to prove it in your resume – not beating one guy [Wilder] three times.”

Fury has long been linked to a potential bout against now former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-2 (22) who lost his titles to Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk 19-0 (13) last September.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, 35, is expected to face Joshua in an immediate rematch in the northern summer.

“If [Fury] beat AJ and Usyk, I’d give him all the respect and be up there, but the jury is out on Deontay Wilder,” Hearn said.

“His best win was Luis Ortiz; we don’t know the reality or the truth [of the debate]. I give Fury the credit and respect of knocking people out. I said he wasn’t a one-punch knockout artist, I still don’t think he is compared to some of the other bigger-hitting guys. He’s proving me wrong.

“I didn’t rate him before Klitschko, I thought he had no chance; he won nearly every round. I didn’t think he had a chance in Wilder 1, he won that fight, and I didn’t think he’d knock Whyte out, and he did. So, respect to the man.”