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Retirement looms for Tyson Fury after Oleksandr Usyk talks fall apart

Tyson Fury with Frank Warren, Andy Lee and SugarHill Steward. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) could retire instead of seeking a career-defining unification bout with WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13).

The undefeated pair of titleholders were in negotiations to square off at London’s Wembley Stadium on April 29 before negotiations broke down this week.

Britain’s Fury, 34, was set to take home a 70/30 purse split for the fight. Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, reportedly wanted the same split in his favour for the rematch.

According to Fury’s own trainer Sugarhill Steward, the 6-foot-9 heavyweight had not even been in camp for the proposed bout against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk.

Now there is talk of Fury retiring. Again.

Fury has repeatedly threatened to retire in the past. That has never happened.

But Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren says that hanging up the gloves could still be on the table.

“Tyson’s a bit pissed off because, obviously, he’s been in training constantly,” Warren said to SecondsOut.

“He’s got his trainer in. It’s not a conversation [we’ve had yet.] Everything’s too raw at the moment. We’ll work it out.

“Listen, he may retire – I don’t know what he wants to do. He’ll do whatever he wants to do. He’s the guy getting in the ring. Everyone sitting outside making their comments, I find it quite insulting.”

Warren added that Fury’s career achievements stack up favourably to Usyk’s, highlighting his victories over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and Deontay Wilder in the United States.

“Tyson Fury who went to Germany, done all the things that Usyk done, beat the best guy of his generation, went to America and beat the hardest punching guy,” he said.

“Tyson’s a very philosophical guy and he will do whatever he chooses to do. And whatever he chooses to do, I’m there with him.”

The blame game began almost immediately after talks broke down, with Team Usyk claiming Fury was being greedy while Team Fury levelled the same claims.

Fury let loose on Instagram yesterday, posting a profanity-riddled rant: “Usyk, you little shithouse. You proper little shithouse. You bug-eyed, buck-toothed, ugly little rat bastard. You little slimy fucker. Tried all week to get out of it, begging for a rematch like a little girl. You got your rematch then, and you didn’t even want to fight with that.

“You little shithouse, pussy. Always know, pussy, that you are never man enough to tangle with the Gypsy King ever in your life, you little shithouse. You little fourteen-stone coward. You little shithouse. You rat little bastard. And your full team know it as well.

“And all the lawyers have full information. You little ugly bastard. Keep running. Fight [Daniel] Dubois now for a couple o’ bucks, shitbag, and always know that you are anybody else like you could never tangle with the Gypsy King, you shithouse little coward.”

Warren insisted it was Usyk who was more caught up about the money.

“I genuinely thought he said what he wanted – he don’t care about money, he just wants to fight for the four belts,” Warren said. “But he pulled out of the fight. You can dress it up, slag off me, slag off Tyson Fury. They. Pulled. Out.”