WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced his retirement from boxing after knocking out Dillian Whyte in London, England, on April 23 before 94,000 at Wembley Stadium. Less than three months later, he says he’s back.
Boxers often retire and return, but Fury’s brief time on the sidelines might be a record.
He said he’s returning to fight Derek Chisora, whom he’s already beaten twice, though he gave no date. Fury stopped Chisora after 10 full rounds on Nov. 29, 2014, and won a unanimous decision against him on July 23, 2011.
He explained his rationale via a post on Instagram.
“I’ve decided to come back to boxing because I can be the first heavyweight champion to have two trilogies, one with Deontay Wilder and a second one with Dereck Chisora,” Fury said. “I always said I’d fight Dereck Chisora at the end of my career and here we are, breaking all records again and setting precedents.”
After announcing his retirement, he did a press conference with promoter Frank Warren and said it would take $500 million to lure him out of retirement. In the brief video on Instagram, he provided few details.
He said he chose Lowe as his trainer to replace SugarHill Steward, who guided him to a pair of knockout victories over Wilder in WBC heavyweight title fights in Las Vegas that represented the peak of his career.
Lowe, 28, has previous experience with Fury.
“Why I’ve chosen Isaac Lowe as my trainer is because when I was with Peter, Isaac was there,” Fury said. “When I was with Ben [Davison], Isaac was there and when I was with SugarHill, Isaac’s been there. He’s always given me information. He knows me better than anybody on the planet. We’re a great team. We’ve always been together and we’re going to finish this hand together. We’ve always worked very well together and here we are, about to take on a massive, massive, massive event.”
Fury’s return keeps alive the possibility that he’ll be able to meet the winner of the Aug. 20 bout in Saudi Arabia between IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and ex-champion Anthony Joshua for the undisputed title.