I'm here to stay - Fury backtracks on retirement


Tyson Fury has reversed his decision to retire and declared his intention to defend his heavyweight titles.

The outspoken, eccentric boxer took to Twitter on Monday to seemingly announce his retirement, posting that the sport was "the saddest thing I ever took part in...I'm also retired".

But less than three hours later, Fury was back on social media to renege on that choice.

"Hahahaha u think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I'm here to stay. #TheGreatest just shows u what the Medea [sic] are like. Tut tut," he wrote.

"Soon as I get better I'll be defending what's mine the heavyweight thrown [sic]."

The controversial heavyweight champion has twice pulled out of defending his WBA and WBO belts against Wladimir Klitschko, whom he defeated in November last year to claim the titles. An ankle injury and undetermined health concerns led to the two rematches being postponed.

Widespread reports last week claimed Fury had tested positive for cocaine, although no official statement has been forthcoming from the authorities or the man himself. The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association declined to comment on the results of any test when contacted by Omnisport last Friday.

Before Fury reversed his announcement, former WBA welterweight champion Ricky Hatton expressed his concern for Fury's mental well-being.

"I'm a little bit heartbroken in many ways. I'm a Manchester lad, [and to have] a Mancunian heavyweight champion of the world, it was really something else," he told Sky Sports News.

"He's done us proud and after winning the title, you'd have loved to have seen his career kick on. At the end of the day, he's won world titles and I just hope he's safe, to be honest with you.

"It was in the paper that he'd had problems with depression and stuff like that. I just hope he's alright. Tyson puts his mouth into action before his brain sometimes, but he's a normal person like everyone is.

"It seems like he's going through a load of problems and it's a shame the way his career has panned out after climbing Mount Everest. It's such a shame, but as a friend and as a fellow British boxing fan, I hope he's safe - that's all I'm bothered about."