Tyson Fury says he might retire again after Saturday’s fight against Derek Chisora, although he also says he is enjoying his time as world heavyweight champion right now.
People are used to Fury’s mood swings and while he has often found the sport to be addictive – hence he returned again having retired after beating Dillian Whyte in April – but even with a fight against Oleksandr Usyk more or less agreed for early in the New Year, he admits he would rather live day to day rather than plan too far ahead.
“I might retire after this fight, who knows?” Fury said. “Never say never.
“I do miss the old game too much. It is fun to be in, it’s very exciting. It’s addictive. All these big fights are on the horizon, that’s exactly where they are, on the horizon. You can see the horizon, but try to find it, it’s very difficult.
“Always look at the horizon, that’s the thing. Always give myself something to look forward to in the future. I dreamed a dream in time gone by, we all know that. It was all a dream and the dream became reality. Now this dream is daily life for me, I’m living my dream and I’m really enjoying it.
“I’m here for the fun, I’m here because I can be, I’m here because I love the game. I could retire tomorrow.
“I’m 34, I’m long in the tooth, I’m really enjoying these fights. Every one of them could be my last fight, anything could happen, I’m not stupid. I could get a detached retina, I could get a shoulder injury or a back injury, you don’t know what’s around the corner.
“One thing I can say is that I’m enjoying today because today is all we have. I’m going to have 60,000 people there on Saturday, what’s bigger than that? I’ve done Wembley and now this, I’m doing stadiums back to back.”
Beyond a fight with Usyk and one with Anthony Joshua, which he believes will never happen, Fury sees the biggest challenges out there as British, in the form of Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois. Saturday should spell the end of his rivalry with Chisora, though, a trilogy 11 years in the making since they first faced each other in 2011.
“I feel this is the end of an era for me and Derek Chisora, a sad end of era as well because I remember when Derek was the young guy and I was even younger,” Fury said.
“I was one of the youngest British heavyweight champions at 22 when I beat Chisora for the first time. He was rated No 1 by the WBO back then and he had a very, very big future.
“It seems just like no time ago and yet it was a long time ago. Where have those 11 years gone?
“We were young professionals then with a point to prove and now I’m world champion and he’s had two world title challenges.
“The guard changes in British heavyweight boxing and Derek took the British title from Danny Williams and that’s happening to us now. The guard is changing and now it’s time to move over.”
Fury believes people should have respect for Chisora and Fury says, if he does retire, he will miss watching Chisora box.
“I’ve been a fan of Chisora for a long time,” he said. “He’s always in epic fights. He’s given the British fight fans some fantastic nights.
“He’s earned that respect over the years for fighting relentlessly against top opposition. Win, lose or draw, he’s always in there with a swinging chance.
“But what’s not to love? It’s a fantastic sunset fight for him, he gets to fight for the world heavyweight title if it is his final fight and he gets paid millions of pounds to do it.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.