Tyson Fury put in a career-best performance against Deontay Wilder at the weekend as he absolutely obliterated the previously unbeaten WBC champion.
Fury now possesses the green belt and at different stages of his career he has held every major heavyweight title.
Fury’s rise to world champion again is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of sport – but where does he go from here?
He has a contractually obligated rematch with Deontay Wilder which can either take place in June, or the Bronze Bomber can step aside and face him next year.
Wilder could choose to step aside altogether – which is highly unlikely – but any of those two scenarios could open the door for Fury to have a huge unification fight against WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA (super) heavyweight champion and fellow Brit, Anthony Joshua.
However, Fury’s father, John, wants Tyson to walk away from the sport right NOW – as he is at the pinnacle of world boxing.
“I want my son to retire now,” John told Good Morning Britain. “He’s done enough.
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“It’s been an uphill battle for him. He’s done enough. I want him to pack it in now.
“I think it’s in the back of his mind. He can’t do anymore. He’s won every professional title. Enough is enough. There’s more to life now. He’s given it his all.
“He’s got no more to prove. He’s proved he’s been a worthy champion from this country. He’s been 13 years as a pro and he’s always been the opponent.
“Whatever he’s gone into, it’s been an uphill battle for him.
“He’s 32 years old. He’s got a young family and I do believe his children deserve their father.
“He’s done enough and that’s my opinion.”
‘He’s on top of the world… so it’s time for Tyson to bow out’
Tyson Fury’s dad wants his son to retire from boxing following his win at the weekend… and thinks a meeting with President Trump at the White House would be the perfect way to mark the occasion. pic.twitter.com/mG2czaOyiV
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 24, 2020
While there is some sense and logic in what John is saying, the idea of leaving an enormous amount of money on the table and walking away from a career-defining – maybe even sport-defining – fight with AJ seems hard to imagine.
John thinks Tyson has already proven he’s the better man without even facing Joshua, and if he did beat him there would only be someone else next in line.
Quizzed on a possible Fury vs Joshua bout, the elder Fury added: “I don’t agree with that because when you’re sold one point, five more come into play. Where does it end?
“Tyson would prove he’s above that level. Joshua’s lost to a lot lesser man than Deontay Wilder.
“You’ve seen the rematch. Would it be much of a contest? He’s a good fighter, Deontay Wilder, he’s done a great job.
“It’s a young man’s game, let the young guns come through and have a go.”