Tyson Fury: Top Rank President Todd duBoef on what could lure ‘The Gypsy King’ back into the ring | box news

Todd duBoef believes a unification bout or showdown with mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou could put Tyson Fury back in action but admits the undefeated heavyweight’s future is up in the air.

Fury has repeatedly insisted he has retired from boxing after successfully defending his WBC heavyweight crown by stopping Dillian Whyte in the sixth round at Wembley Stadium in April, including sharing images and videos of him and his family enjoying life in the south of France on social media.

However, rumors of a possible reunion fight later in the year with the winner of the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua or a hybrid fight against UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou, who joined Fury after beating Whyte, linger .

But while DuBoef, president of Fury’s American promoter Top Rank, has stated there are no plans for the ‘Gypsy King’ to return to the ring, he knows either could change the 33-year-old’s mind.

“I think there’s obviously a lot of simmering about the rematch between AJ and Usyk,” DuBoef said Sky Sports. “Obviously that’s always been his goal and everyone’s but I don’t think there’s anything to discuss at this point because he hasn’t set out what he wants to do.

“Maybe if that fight happens, the winner can pull him out, or maybe something else like Ngannou can be motivating.

“We saw Francis Ngannou get in the ring and it was kind of bizarre that the guy was retiring but the MMA heavyweight champion got in the ring to talk – what are we doing here?

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Former UFC welterweight Dan Hardy believes Tyson Fury should consider a move to MMA and believes it could help improve his boxing even further.

“But will he just sit there on the beach in the south of France and enjoy it? Again, I speak for him and this is a difficult position for me to speak about his feelings. “

Should the win over Whyte prove to be Fury’s last fight, it would mean him ending his professional boxing career with a record 32 (23) 0-1 and becoming only the second heavyweight champion to retire unbeaten alongside the great Rocky Marciano.

After seeing videos and pictures of Fury enjoying a well-deserved break in the south of France, DuBoef made no secret of the appeal of doing just that.

He hopes this isn’t the final chapter for The Gypsy King when it comes to boxing, although he could understand why Fury would hang up his gloves after fighting his way back to the top of the sport since his comeback two and a half years out of the ring in 2018.

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Dillian Whyte was frustrated by what he believed was an “illegal foray” in his defeat by Tyson Fury but insists he can come back strong to challenge for world titles again.

“I think he’s climbed the mountain and done so much since coming back to boxing and I think the last stretch of 94,000 at Wembley is almost like ‘I got to the top, that’s Everest’ and he has achieved a lot,” said Du Boef.

“So where he’s going and who motivates him and what motivates him is his own interest again.

“He’s a competitor and like most athletes in their prime they want to shine and they want the attention and hopefully he’ll have that desire and desire that he wants to get back in the ring.

“And if he’s not, he might just say, ‘Hey, I want to see something else or do something else with my life.’ But I think those are his decisions.”

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