KEY POINTS

  • Bob Arum believes Tyson Fury will choose to retire or not after Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua II
  • Fury could go for one last achievement by holding all heavyweight titles before calling it a career
  • Usyk vs. Joshua II has a tentative date of July 23

The boxing world eagerly awaits the final decision of British boxing king Tyson Fury after revealing his plans to retire soon, and a famed boxing promoter revealed when it might be finalized.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum explained that Fury would likely make the announcement soon after the highly-anticipated rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

“Well, I think Fury is going to wait to see how the Joshua fight comes out with Usyk and then he'll make a determination whether he wants to continue,” Arum said as was quoted by Boxing Scene.

“Other than fighting the winner of Joshua-Usyk, there's really nothing that's really of interest to Tyson Fury, so we will have to see."

Fury last stepped into the ring this past April 23 as he took on mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte for his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.

“The Gypsy King” would dismantle Whyte quickly and efficiently with a TKO victory in the sixth round.

“I've been in this game 20 years, I'm 34 in a few months. I said the third Wilder fight would be my last but I felt I owed the fans one last homecoming. This is definitely the end of the Gypsy King and I went out with a bang. Tonight was amazing, but this is the end,” Fury declared in the post-fight interview.

However, Arum’s announcement that Fury will make his decision final after the second Usyk-Joshua fight makes sense as he can further add to his already established legacy by taking the WBO, IBF and WBA titles, all of which Usyk is the current holder of.

Since Usyk and Joshua’s rematch is once again a winner-takes-all fight, the winner might have to face Fury in order to forge a super fight with all heavyweight belts on the line.

Without publicly saying it, Fury is hoping that Joshua will win over Usyk as it was revealed in June of 2020 that Fury and Joshua had agreed to a two-fight deal.

But due to many obstacles along the way, the potential mega-fight has been shelved multiple times which has led to the current situation.

However, the fight date for Usyk-Joshua II has not been announced yet due to many factors that British promoter Eddie Hearn noted.

“The fight is definitely happening, the 23rd [of July] is the date that everyone has agreed on and everyone is fine with. If we agree next week then everything is fine,” Hearn mentioned as quoted by Boxing Scene.

“The date of the fight and the time to train are not the problems, it is more about the extra obligations of TV, press conferences, and promotion… If we go July 23, then we are nine weeks away and we need to announce next week, it has to be next week.”

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