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How long did Tyson Fury retire for? Gypsy King’s time out of boxing before Derek Chisora fight

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As well as the curiosity of facing an opponent he had already beaten twice, Tyson Fury’s return to the boxing ring was a surprise to fans who took his insistence that he was retired at face value.

The WBC champion bade farewell to pugilism after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April 2022 and said he would only entertain fighting again for £500 million.

Now he is back and ready to clash with 38-year-old Chisora for a third time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

How many times has Fury retired? How long did he retire for? Here are the details of his dalliances with departing the sport.

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Did Tyson Fury retire?

Fury said he had bowed out with his knockout victory over British compatriot Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at the national stadium.

That did little to quell speculation that he would return to fight the likes of Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk, with the outlandish price tag Fury put on himself doing little to make his claims of retirement seem credible.

“I was retired from April until July, so three or four months,” Fury later told Good Morning Britain. “I needed a good rest after being in boxing for such a long time.

“I wanted to spend some time with my family and at home. After three or four months, I realised that I miss what I do. I miss fighting, training, gearing up for a big event.”

Fury had appeared to confirm his decision on August 12. “Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career,” wrote Fury in all-capital letters on Twitter.

Fury vs. Chisora: Why did the champion come back?

Fury announced the following month that he would be back in the ring on December 3, with Chisora subsequently named as his opponent.

The fight is now being mooted as preparation for a huge all-British bout with Joshua or a unification showdown with Usyk, although Chisora will be targeting a major upset.

Around 60,000 fans are expected to attend the home of Premier League club Spurs for the fight, so it will be another huge payday for Fury.

Has Fury retired before?

Fury tends to appear an impulsive presence on social media and he has twice announced his exit from the sport before.

Troubled Fury was about to have his boxing licence suspended when he last vowed that he would not be donning the gloves again.

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“Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in,” he said in 2016, calling the sport “all a pile of ****”. “I’m the greatest and I’m also retired, so go suck a ****. Happy days.”

The fighter was a year into an exile from the ring that lasted more than two and a half years and saw his weight balloon to around 25 stone.

When did Fury first retire from boxing?

Fury was 25 and had survived being knocked down and behind on the cards against Steve Cunningham in his most recent fight when he announced that he had “officially retired from boxing” in November 2013 on Twitter.

“There’s to [sic] many bent people in the sport,” he added, appearing to react to the cancellation by David Haye of the scheduled fight between the bitter rivals. “They will have to **** some1 else. Good by [sic] boxin.”

Then-promoter Mick Hennessy insisted Fury had not retired and was instead eyeing his next bout. He returned to the ring to knock out Joey Abell the following February.


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