By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury is NOT retiring despite him saying he’s done with the sport after his win over Dillian Whyte last weekend.
Hearn states that WBC heavyweight champion Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is a “Bluff merchant” and just talking.
That’s the view that many boxing fans have about Fury, believing that he’s so desperate for attention because he wants people to show how much they care about him.
The best way for the 33-year-old Fury to receive worship from the fans is to yap about him retiring. It’s pretty sad if Fury is faking a retirement out of a need to be exalted by the public.
If that’s Fury’s game, it will work against him, with fans tiring of his act and tuning him out.
“He was just harassing everybody, basically,” said Eddie Hearn to DAZN Boxing Show about Tyson Fury enjoying himself last Sunday, celebrating his victory over Dillian Whyte.
“Tyson Fury is a great bluff merchant. And he ain’t retiring. The biggest fights for Fury haven’t happened yet.”
Gilfoid agrees with Hearn. Fury hasn’t fought anybody other than an old Wladimir Klitschko, flawed Deontay Wilder, Whyte, and Otto Wallin. Joshua has a better resume.
Fury to retire right now without fighting Joshua & Usyk would be a clear sign that he lacks the conviction that he can win those fights. Frankly, Fury will lose to Joshua & Usyk because they’re too talented for him. Also, he’s looking very, very old at 33.
“If he beat AJ and Usyk, I’d give him all the respect,” said Hearn about Fury. “If we’re giving Fury that kind of credit for those wins, please give AJ the same credit. He beat two of those three,” said Hearn.
“With victories over Wilder, Klitschko, and Whyte, do NOT talk about him being in the same breath as Ali, Frazier, and Lewis.”
With age taking over, Fury no longer can move around the ring and is reduced to flicking a slow jab and grabbing his opponents in a bearhug when they get near.
You can argue that was the worst thing Fury could do because fans are more interested in watching fights when they know that the fighter will continue and face better opposition.
If Fury wanted to bring in more PPV buys, he should have kept his yap shut about retiring and instead talked up the idea of him fighting the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk rematch.
Fans weren’t excited about Fury’s fight against Whyte last weekend because that fight was seen as an appetizer for Tyson facing Joshua or Usyk.
Fury blew it by talking nonstop about retirement before and after the Whyte fight. That was a wacky thing to do.
If I were his promoter, I wouldn’t have been happy with Fury putting a dark cloud over the promotion of the Whyte fight by saying he’s going to retire.