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Eddie Hearn says that ‘bluff merchant’ Tyson Fury will NOT retire after knocking out Dillian Whyte

Eddie Hearn says that ‘bluff merchant’ Tyson Fury will NOT retire after knocking out Dillian Whyte – and claims the Gypsy King can’t be considered an all-time great heavyweight until he beats Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

  • Tyson Fury vowed to retire from boxing after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley
  • But Eddie Hearn is confident that ‘bluff merchant’ Fury will be back in the ring
  • The promoter says that The Gypsy King cannot be considered an all-time great
  • Hearn believes Fury needs to beat Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk first

Eddie Hearn has described Tyson Fury as a ‘bluff merchant’ after the heavyweight champion vowed to retire after knocking out Dillian Whyte. 

Fury dominated his bout against Whyte at a sold-out Wembley on Saturday evening, defeating The Body Snatcher with a sensational uppercut in the sixth round. 

After the fight, the 33-year-old said that it may have been his ‘final curtain’ as he had promised his wife Paris that he would retire from boxing. 

Tyson Fury, 33, is undefeated throughout his career, with a remarkable record of 32-0-1

Promoter Eddie Hearn said that 'bluff merchant' Fury still has his 'biggest fights' ahead of him

Promoter Eddie Hearn said that ‘bluff merchant’ Fury still has his ‘biggest fights’ ahead of him

But Hearn, who was not involved in Fury vs Whyte after Frank Warren won the purse bid, is confident that The Gypsy King will be back in the ring. 

‘Tyson Fury is a great bluff merchant, he ain’t retiring,’ Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show. ‘The biggest fights for Tyson Fury haven’t happened yet.’

Fury is currently undefeated with an impressive record of 32-0-1, but Hearn believes that he cannot be considered an all-time great heavyweight because of the opponents he has faced.

Fury defeated Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday with a sensational sixth-round uppercut

Fury defeated Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday with a sensational sixth-round uppercut

The Gypsy King could face Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk in a unification bout this year

The Gypsy King could face Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk in a unification bout this year

‘He’s the best heavyweight on the planet right now, I’ll give him that,’ he said. ‘But when we talk about generational greatness? Yes, for this exact generation, but please… with victories over [Deontay] Wilder, [Wladimir] Klitschko and Whyte, don’t talk about him in the same breath as [Muhammad] Ali, [Joe] Frazier and Lennox Lewis.

‘There is no argument Fury is No 1 [right now]… well actually there could be an argument between Fury and Usyk, but with that resume, don’t call him a generational great. He may be the greatest of all time, I don’t think so, but he has got to prove it in your resume – not beating one guy [Wilder] three times.’

The next logical step in Fury’s career if he does continue would be a unification bout against either Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk. 

The pair are set for a rematch this summer after the Ukrainian won Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles in London last year. 

After beating Whyte, Fury said he had promised his wife Paris that he would retire from boxing

After beating Whyte, Fury said he had promised his wife Paris that he would retire from boxing

‘If he [Fury] beat AJ and Usyk, I’d give him all the respect and be up there, but the jury is out on Deontay Wilder,’ Hearn continued. ‘His best win was Luis Ortiz; we don’t know the reality or the truth [of the debate].

‘I give Fury the credit and respect of knocking people out. I said he wasn’t a one-punch knockout artist, I still don’t think he is compared to some of the other bigger-hitting guys. He’s proving me wrong.

‘I didn’t rate him before Klitschko, I thought he had no chance; he won nearly every round. I didn’t think he had a chance in Wilder 1, he won that fight, and I didn’t think he’d knock Whyte out, and he did. So, respect to the man.’

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