The WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has confirmed he is retiring from boxing.
The 33-year-old British fighter announced his retirement after his sixth-round knockout of Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley. The victory retained his world title.
Fury is unbeaten in 33 bouts and retirement would mean he would miss out on an opportunity to fight for the undisputed crown and with it a chance to cement his status as Britain’s greatest ever heavyweight.
Oleksandr Usyk currently holds the other four world heavyweight belts. He is set to defend those titles against Anthony Joshua at some point, with the details of that fight said to be in “the final negotiations”.
It was then expected that the winner of that bout would look to take on Fury to unify the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999.