Tyson Fury: Top Rank President Todd duBoef on what could inspire ‘The Gypsy King’ to return to the ring | boxing news
Todd duBoef thinks a unification bout or a showdown with mixed martial arts star Francis Ngannou could inspire Tyson Fury to return to action, but admits the undefeated heavyweight’s future remains up in the air.
Fury has repeatedly insisted he has retired from boxing after successfully defending his WBC world heavyweight crown by stopping Dillian Whyte in the sixth round at Wembley in April, including sharing photos and photos. videos of him and his family enjoying life in the south of France on social media. .
Rumors of a possible year-end unification clash with the winner of the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, or a hybrid fight against UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou – who joined Fury on the ring after his victory over Whyte – however persist.
But while DuBoef, president of American Fury promoters Top Rank, said there were no plans for the ‘Gypsy King’ to return to the ring, he knows the two could change the player’s mind. 33 Years.
“I think there’s obviously a lot of brewing on the rematch between AJ and Usyk,” DuBoef said. sky sports. “Obviously that’s always been his goal and everyone’s goal, but I think at this point there’s nothing to talk about because he hasn’t determined what he wants to do.
“Maybe the winner, when that fight happens, can pull it off, or maybe something else can be motivating like Ngannou.
“We saw Francis Ngannou step into the ring and it was kind of weird that the guy was retiring but the MMA heavyweight champion was stepping into the ring to talk smack – which one are we doing here?
“But is he going to just be sitting in the south of France on the beach there and enjoying it? Again, I speak for him and it’s a difficult position for me to speak about what are his feelings.”
If the win over Whyte turns out to be Fury’s last fight, it would mean he would end his professional boxing career with a record of 32 (23) -0-1 and was only the second heavyweight champion to retire undefeated with the great Rocky. Marcian.
After seeing the videos and photos of Fury enjoying some much-needed time out in the South of France, DuBoef made no secret of the fact that he could see the appeal of doing just that.
He hopes this doesn’t prove to be the final chapter of ‘The Gypsy King’ as far as boxing goes, although he can understand why Fury would choose to hang up his gloves after returning to the top of the sport since his comeback. two and a half years out of the ring in 2018.
“I think he’s climbed the mountain and he’s done so much since coming back to boxing, and I think the last bit of 94,000 at Wembley is almost like ‘I got to the top, this is Everest “and he accomplished a lot,” DuBoef said.
“So where he’s going and who’s driving him and what’s driving him is again his self-interest.
“He’s a competitor and like most athletes in their prime, they want to shine, and they want the attention and I hope he has that urge and desire to get back in the ring.
“And if not, he can just say ‘hey, I want to look at something different or do something different with my life.’ But I think those are his decisions.”