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Tyson Fury admitted his decimation of Dillian Whyte “could be the final curtain” on his career, but in a bizarre twist it appeared he was ready to fight a champion in another fighting discipline.
Fury retained his WBC and world lineal heavyweight championship belts after knocking out Whyte with a crushing uppercut in the sixth round in a fight that didn’t have much up to that point.
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The Gypsy King also maintained their unbeaten record of 33-0 with the win.
And that could very well be the record with which he ends his career.
In the build-up to the fight, Fury made no secret that after the Whyte fight, hanging up the gloves for good was a very realistic possibility.
He seemingly doubled down on that notion in his post-fight interview, admitting he intended to retire after tying his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder.
“You know, I promised my lovely wife Paris of 14 years that after the Wilder 3 fight that would be it,” Fury said.
“That’s what I was trying to say.
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“I was offered Wembley at home and I thought I owed it to the fans and everyone in the UK.
“Now everything is done, I have to be a man of my word and I think that’s it.
“This could be the last curtain for the Gypsy King.”
But in another post-fight interview, Fury all but reneged on retirement and staged a matchup of titanic proportions against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
A fight between the two was hinted at without ever seeming to reach a serious talking point, but Fury and Ngannou conducted an interview together and both seemed quite keen to make it official.
“He’s in great shape, look at his muscles,” Fury said.
Ngannou added, “We’re going to find out who the baddest mother on the planet is.”
Fury then called the fight an “explosive fight” once everything was signed.
“Well, it’s going to be a very special fight like never before in the history of our sport,” Fury said.
“We’re not talking about two light guys, 140 pounds.
“It’s going to be an explosive fight when it happens.”
As for exactly what the fight will be, given the two fights in different disciplines, Ngannou confirmed that it “will be a hybrid type fight, with MMA gloves in the ring.”
Who knows if Fury was telling the truth about his retirement in his post-fight interview, but if he wasn’t, then it seems there will be no secrets as to what awaits The Gypsy King.