Tyson Fury retires from boxing

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Tyson Fury has this afternoon announced on Twitter that he has retired from professional boxing at the age of 28.

The lineal heavyweight champion has not fought since winning the IBF, WBA, and WBO belts last November in Duesseldorf from long-reigning Ukrainian king Wladimir Klitschko.

It has been a difficult year since that win, with plenty of controversy outside of the ring and two cancelled rematch dates with Klitschko. Most recently, former Irish champion Fury saw his proposed refixed rematch with Klitschko on October 29th in Manchester shelved due to mental health issues. In the days which followed Fury was revealed to have tested positive for recreational drug cocaine and looked likely to lose his remaining WBA and WBO belts (having already been stripped of the IBF strap due to his contractual obligation to rematch Klitschko and resultant inability to face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov).

If Fury is indeed retired, he leaves the game with an unbeaten 25-0 record with 18 knockouts. In that time, in addition to World honours, the Gypsy King claimed English, British, European, and Irish titles.

Fury posted the following message on Twitter today:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie