Tyson Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion of the world hinted at retiring from the sport soon after defeating Dillian Whyte last month, but World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman doesn’t want the Briton to hasten on making the decision.
I’m respecting the level of Tyson Fury, his private time with his family: Mauricio Sulaiman
Coming from a brutal 11th round knockout of former champion Deontay Wilder in their trilogy last October, Fury defendes his coveted green and gold belt for a second time against interim champion Whyte on 23rd April at the Wembley Stadium in London.
Soon after defeating his fellow Briton with a dominating 6th round TKO, Fury opened up about possibilities of hanging up his gloves and coming to a sublime conclusion to his decorated pro boxing career that spun over 14 years.
However, there has been no formal decision made from Fury’s position, and “The Gypsy King” is currently taking some time off, away from the squared circle and the council itself is allowing their champion the recess before he comes to a resolution.
“I’m not saying we will get him three months, there’s no time limit right now I’m respecting the level of Tyson Fury, his private time with his family but we will talk in the near future certainly,” Sulaiman said in a recent interview with Planet Sport.
“We need to address the situation if he is retiring but at this time, we are just giving him the much deserved time to enjoy his holidays,” the WBC prez added.
Sulaiman names Wilder as the #1 contender when Fury vacates the WBC belt
Hanging up his gloves will mean Fury will vacate his world title, and Sulaiman is looking at Wilder to be the first to have a shot at the WBC belt, followed by Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International titleholder Joe Joyce and WBO Inter-Continental champion Joseph Parker.
“Wilder is the number one contender and you have Joe Joyce at number two, three is Joseph Parker. I believe [Joyce and Parker] are going to have a fight for the WBO interim championship – we’ve had no confirmation but we will just wait and see what happens. There are some variables playing around there,” Sulaiman stated. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
Whom do you want to see having an immediate shot at Fury’s vacated WBC title? Share your thoughts in the comments.