We’ve been through this before, so be entirely ready for this to be a total non-story within a matter of days if not hours, but Tyson Fury has publicly announced his retirement from boxing via his Instagram page:
Fury, 28, did something similar less than a year ago, when last October he announced his retirement and then a few hours later took it back. Fury hasn’t fought since his November 2015 upset win over Wladimir Klitschko, where he won three sanctioning body titles and became the lineal champion of the heavyweight division.
His absence from boxing has come due to concerns about his mental health and some drug issues, as well as a charge from UKAD that he used a banned substance in 2015, which he has vehemently denied. The British Boxing Board of Control suspended his license last year when he admitted to using cocaine to deal with depression.
Fury had entertained the idea of training for a comeback this year, including a potential date in July that was scrapped when his panel hearing over the UKAD charge was postponed. He had ballooned in weight earlier this year, but that was also nothing new for him over his career.
If this is the end for Fury, he leaves boxing with a perfect 25-0 (18 KO) record, and a whole lot of what-ifs.