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Former world champ Larry Holmes expects Tyson Fury to box on

Tyson Fury knocked out Dillian Whyte with a right uppercut in the sixth. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes is not convinced that Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury 32-0-1 (23) is retired.

The 33-year-old WBC heavyweight champion retained his title with a sixth-round knockout victory over mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte 28-3 (19) at Wembley Stadium in London, England in April.

In the wake of that win Fury has told the media that he is hanging up his gloves.

Holmes, who was known as The Easton Assassin, held the WBC title from 1978 to 1983, the Ring magazine and lineal titles from 1980 to 1985, and the inaugural IBF title from 1983 to 1985. Holmes is the only boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali by stoppage.

He retired with a record of 69-6 (44) in 2002 after defeating Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch by unanimous decision.

Holmes has little doubt that Fury will fight again.

“Yes, he’s going to return. I said the same thing,” Holmes told iFL TV. “Listen, I didn’t quit until I was 55-years-old or something like that.

“But, no, he’s going to fight again because when it gets in your blood, you keep it there.”

Boxing fans have long been hanging out for a bout against former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-2 (22), who lost his WBA, WBO and IBF straps to Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk 19-0 (13) in London last September.

The duo will meet in a rematch in the northern summer, most likely in Saudi Arabia.

The victor would be a natural match-up for Fury, with the ultimate winner to be crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

But Holmes doesn’t see any of the current crop of heavyweights giving Fury too much trouble.

“Well, he don’t have too much competition in this era,” Holmes said. “He can take it if he wants it bad enough.

“Not as strong as when I fought. When I fought, guys like Ken Norton, George Foreman out there, Muhammad Ali was out there; Jerry Quarry was out there.

“There were a lot of fighters, strong guys that were determined, dedicated, disciplined for themselves just for boxing.”

Holmes was noncommittal when asked if Brit Joshua, 32, could avenge his defeat to the 35-year-old Usyk.

“Boxing is all over the world; everybody got it, everybody wants to do it. So, he’s got his hands full,” he said.

“I watched Joshua a couple of times. I wasn’t gung-ho on it because I was there, but they’re big guys, strong guys. You’ve got to be careful what you do.”

He also added his two cents on recent reports that former Fury victim Deontay Wilder 42-2-1 (41) would fight again. Fury holds two knockout wins and a draw over Wilder.

“When you’re broke and low on your cash, you do things like that,” Holmes said. “I have to comment on it because I would have done the same thing.”