With his upcoming match with Derek Chisora this weekend, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returned to the MMA Hour to talk his fight and his “return” to boxing. After a short lived retirement, Fury spoke on the short lived retirement, his limits to how long he’s going to box, and more.
Tyson Fury: Not Retired
After the Dillian Whyte fight, Tyson Fury hung up the gloves and said he didn’t need to box any more and that he wanted to spend time with his family. In his absence from boxing, Fury realized just how much boxing defined him and drove him to be great.
“I need this,” Fury said. “I need this more than I ever thought I’d ever need something and I still have a lot to give, so here we are giving again. Giving more blood.”
Fury looks at some of the heroes of heavyweight past and sees himself in them. At only 34, Tyson Fury is still kicking.
“I need it mentally, physically, emotionally, I’m not ready to let it go right now. Hopefully, it’s going to be in the short distant future there’s going to be a time where I’m ready to let it go, but I ain’t ready to let it go right now. I was watching Larry Holmes last night and he was 43 years old, still kicking ass. I’m only 34, so there’s still plenty left in the tank. For now, I’m not ready to let it go and we’ll see what the future holds.”
But don’t expect Fury to stay in the game like others have. He points to the YouTube sensation and Floyd Mayweather as to things he does not want to be. While boxing is no stranger to it’s weird fights, and Fury has flirted with the idea in the past. But he says that he has to know when his time is come before he ruins his legacy with these gimmick fights.
“I’m very worried because I can’t let go just like most of the great champions throughout history. Look at Floyd Mayweather. The guy’s 45 years old taking f****** fights against YouTubers and stuff because he can’t let it go. It’s a very difficult thing to let it go. Very difficult.”
Don’t miss Tyson Fury returning to the ring as he has his eyes on Derek Chisora this weekend live on ESPN+.