Lennox Lewis sends message to Tyson Fury over Anthony Joshua’s fight after retirement

Fury insists he will retire from boxing after Saturday’s victory (Photo: Getty)

Lennox Lewis has called Tyson Fury for not retiring from boxing and instead imitating him by becoming undisputed heavyweight champion.

Fury scored a stunning knockout victory in the sixth round over Dillian Whyte on Saturday to retain his WBC crown and insisted he now wants to hang up his gloves forever in the wake.

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will meet in July with the Ukrainian, who defends the IBF, WBO and WBA titles, which he took from the British last year.

The winner of that competition would have been ready to face Fury at a later date for all the titles in a gathering match that would crown the first undisputed champion in nearly two decades.

Heavyweight legend Lewis is the last man to be recognized as the undisputed king, uniting the WBA, WBC and IBF titles after the victory over Evander Holyfield in 1999 – with the WBO belt not recognized as a major title during his reign at the top.

Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Press Conference

The winner of Joshua vs Usyk 2 is still waiting for Fury … if he wants it (Image: Getty)

While Fury has insisted he will fulfill a promise to his family, Lewis expects him to fight again to match that feat.

‘I would understand it, the guy has worked hard all his life and if he promised his wife he would not box anymore. He has promised that, says Lewis to BT Sport.

‘I think he will be back in the ring. I still have the undisputed status. I’m the last man, so if he wants it, he’s gonna have to stay. ‘

Fury has had all the world champions at various stages of his career and won IBF, WBO and WBA belts after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 before leaving them as he battled addiction and depression.

And former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion David Haye believes the ability to hold all the titles at the same time may prove too tempting for Fury.

“I think he wanted all the belts he had all of them before he lost them for obvious reasons,” Haye said.

‘He’s come back again, and this form, which would say Usyk or Anthony Joshua could do better than Dillian Whyte.

‘It was such a perfect performance against a very difficult guy, but his level is on the rise. I look forward to seeing all the belts on the line at once. ‘

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