Mike Tyson urges Tyson Fury to ‘keep on winning’ amid suggestions the Gypsy King could RETIRE after knocking out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout as it remains unclear who he will face next in the ring
- Boxing icon Mike Tyson has urged Tyson Fury not to hang up his gloves just yet
- There were suggestions the Brit would retire after he beat Deontay Wilder
- Fury’s next opponent is not yet clear after Anthony Joshua was beaten by Usyk
- However, Iron Mike has told Fury to ‘keep on winning’ and dominate the division
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has urged Tyson Fury not to hang up his gloves amid rumors that he might walk away from the sport following his electrifying win against Deontay Wilder earlier this month.
Fury sent Wilder to the canvas with a violent knockout punch in the 11th round to end the slugfest in Las Vegas and remain the undefeated WBC and lineal heavyweight champion.
In the leadup to the fight, the 33-year-old Briton suggested he could walk away from the sport happy, and others have said the ‘Gypsy King’ has nothing left to prove after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and Wilder twice.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson (right) has urged Tyson Fury (left) not to hang up his gloves just yet
Tyson, who Fury is named after, said he hopes that is not the case after what he called a ‘very exciting’ bout.
‘Keep on winning brother, keep on winning,’ Tyson said while promoting his new retail cannabis company, Tyson 2.0.
‘He’s the lineal champion. He’s the man who beat the man. He is heavyweight boxing, period. He is, nobody else.’
Retired British boxer Ricky Hatton has said he hopes Fury will walk away from the sport and Fury’s wife Paris said she expects him to do so in the next couple of years.
It is unclear who Fury will fight next, although many hope he will get a shot at Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who stunned Anthony Joshua in September to take the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.
There were suggestions the Gypsy King would retire after he beat Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas
The winner of that fight would become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis 21 years ago.
Tyson said Fury (31-0-1) is already the best heavyweight in the eyes of fight fans.
‘Ask anybody except for Usyk, who is the heavyweight champion? And Usyk might even say it’s Fury,’ Tyson said.
Fury suffered from substance abuse, weight gain and mental health breakdowns that led him to the brink of suicide after he upset Klitschko to capture the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.
He was stripped of those titles when he was unable to defend them but he beat back his demons and re-emerged an even more fearsome fighter as well as a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.
Ricky Hatton (right) insists any fight for Fury must be meaningful, or it’s an unnecessary risk
Paris Fury (right) believes her husband Tyson (left) will retire from boxing in two years’ time
As for Wilder (42-2-1), Tyson said the American needs to shake off the defeat and move on.
‘Keep fighting, make money, stack your money up, and call it a day,’ he said.
Tyson is looking to add to his own fortune with the launch of Tyson 2.0, which he hopes will become a ‘powerhouse’ in the market.
And unlike some celebrity brands, Tyson, who hosts the popular podcast ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,’ said he will be a hand’s on manager.
‘I’m going to be the guinea pig for all my products,’ he said with a laugh.