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Tyson Fury confirms plan to retire after undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua

BOXING By Mirror | March 4th 2020
Tyson Fury, speaking on This Morning on ITV. [Courtesy]

Tyson Fury has confirmed he plans to retire after an undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua .

Fury became a two-time world champion by stopping Deontay Wilder last month - and will have to face the American for a third time in July.

He will then target a clash with fellow countryman Joshua who holds the other three belts with a December date in Saudi Arabia pencilled in.

And after Fury's wife Paris called on him to then hang up his gloves, the 31-year-old confirmed that is his intention.

"I've got two more fights left and then we'll really think about what we're doing and go from there," he said on This Morning.

"I'm undefeated in 31 professional fights and this is my 12th year as a professional."

Wilder triggered his rematch clause this week to give himself the chance to regain his title.

But Fury has no doubt he will win a third fight between the rivals following their draw in 2018 and his victory this year.

Fury was appearing alongside wife Paris. [Courtesy]

"I beat him the first time and I beat him the second time and I will surely beat him the third time," he said.

"He's a very worthy opponent. He's a very dangerous opponent and he has the eraser knockout.

"You're only one mistake away from disaster, you have to be switched on for all 12 rounds."

Following his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury descended into a drink and drug-fuelled depression which lasted three years.

But he insists he is better prepared to deal with the pressure of fame and fortune after his latest success.
"It's almost an anti-climax," he admitted.

"You elevate yourself in mind and body to go and box at his level and nothing means anything apart from the fight.

"Then you win and it's like, 'Oh well, I've done that' and I slide down the other side.

"But I feel fine, I've learned over the years to maintain the mental health problems and to train on a daily basis and keep a routine.

"It takes me about two weeks to get back to normal after a massive fight.

"It is a rollercoaster of emotions, to be away from the kids and the school run and the screaming and shouting, it takes a lot to come back to that and get re-adjusted to that after three months away."

 

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