‘The Gypsy King’ produced a sublime performance to beat second Briton Dillian Whyte in an absorbing competition at Wembley Stadium in front of 94,000 spectators.
Fury has held all four of boxing’s major world titles during his illustrious career, beating Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBO and WBA titles in 2015.
A year later, he would leave those titles as he battled depression and substance abuse, leaving the sport before launching his comeback in 2018.
He returned to the top in February 2020 after a devastating victory over Deontay Wilder to win the WBC title, beating the American in a wild trilogy showdown in October last year before defeating Whyte in the capital on Saturday night.
The chance to become the first overall world champion in heavyweight boxing since Lennox Lewis lures against the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua – who meet in their rematch in July.
Fury insisted throughout the campaign week that this would be his last dance, and fought back in the UK for the first time in four years.
And despite the riches that would come with being named undisputed champion, Fury says he will now hang up his gloves forever to dedicate his life to his family, who have given a promise to his wife Paris.
‘You know, I promised my lovely wife Paris for 14 years that after the Wilder three match it would be, and I meant it. It was a great trilogy, but I meant it, “Fury said in the ring moments after knocking out Whyte.
‘I was offered to fight at Wembley at home and I think I owed the fans and every person in the UK to fight at Wembley. I think that’s it, this may be the last curtain for The Gypsy King. What a way to go out. ‘
At his post-match press conference, Fury again insisted he will now retire from professional boxing after ‘a lot of time on the road’ away from his family.
‘I have said what I have said and I am happy with my decisions. I’m going home with my wife and kids. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road and I’ve been away a long time. I have fulfilled everything.
‘I’m retiring as just the second heavyweight after Rocky Marciano retiring undefeated. I was invincible in this fight. ‘
After beating Whyte, Fury was joined in the ring by UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, with the two confirming plans for a ‘hybrid’ fight in 2023.
And while his days of fighting the boxing elite for world titles seem to be over, Fury says he wants to be active in show fighting for real money.
“I do not want to rule out exhibitions for sure, get some of that Floyd Mayweather money,” he said. ‘I want to have fun, I’m an entertainer, so I want to have fun.
‘Great Francis Ngannou was here today, so he’s on my hit list in a showdown. How he wants it, in the cage, in the boxing ring, UFC gloves, boxing gloves, then we can make it happen. It’s definitely going to be a clash between the Titans. ‘
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