As far as promoter Frank Warren is concerned, Tyson Fury’s legacy is set and sealed for all posterity. Everything else, at this point, is just garnish.
Fury, the WBC heavyweight titlist from Manchester, England, is coming off a dominant sixth-round stoppage of countryman Dillian Whyte last Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.
After the bout Fury reiterated his intention to retire from the sport, which has prompted a mixed reaction from the public. Some have been keen to anoint Fury as the best heavyweight of this generation and that he has accomplished everything worthwhile in the sport, while others have noted that Fury still has plenty of unfinished business to take care, principally a fight involving the winner of the upcoming heavyweight unification bout between WBO, WBA, and IBF titlist Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.
Warren, however, is not convinced that a unification fight between Fury and either Usyk or Joshua is necessary for his charge, at least from a legacy standpoint. Financially, it would mean another lurid payday for Fury.
“He’s the better fighter out of all of them,” Warren told a group of reporters after the Whyte fight. “To prove my point, so that there’s no doubt, I would like to see him [fight again], but the fact of the matter is he has nothing to prove to anybody.”
Warren believes Fury has already done enough in the sport where his place in boxing history is secure. Warren pointed to Fury’s upset of long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to win three of the four major heavyweight titles and his thrilling trilogy with Deontay Wilder as prime evidence of Fury's apparently unimpeachable status.
“Tyson Fury is the heavyweight of the generation,” Warren said. “He beat Klitschko who was the best of his generation. Done a job on him and boxed his head off.
“Then he went to the states, again, in the other guys’ backyard and done a job on Deontay Wilder. Absolutely won the three fights really, got robbed (in the the first fight, which ended in a draw). Deontay Wilder was undefeated for, what was it, six years?…Tyson’s got nothing to prove to anybody.”
Hammered by questions regarding if Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) actually intends to retire, Warren simply shrugged.
“Looks, if it’s the end, it’s the end,” Warren said. “That’s his choice. He’s the guy getting in the ring. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels. I support him wholeheartedly. It’s up to him what he wants to do.”
“He is at the peak of his powers,” Warren added. “There’s no doubt about that. And I’m quite sure he can go on. But if your head’s not in it – what do I mean by that. If your heart and head isn’t in it, then it’s dangerous. And he shouldn’t be doing it. It has to be his choice. Who knows what’s going to happen. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels. We all support him.”