Tyson Fury says ‘here to stay’, apparently reversing retirement tweet

Controversial heavyweight champion makes U-turn on profanity strewn post of his plan to hang up his gloves, which also attacked boxing authorities

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 11:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 11:44pm

Controversial world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appeared to make a U-turn on his retirement decision on Monday, tweeting: “I’m here to stay.”

“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,” Fury wrote on Twitter.

The outspoken 28-year-old British fighter, dogged by reports he failed a drugs test for cocaine, had earlier declared himself “retired” in a profanity strewn tweet.

“Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in, all a pile of shit,” he wrote earlier in the day. “I’m the greatest and I’m also retired ...”

Reports by US broadcaster ESPN last week claimed Fury had tested positive for cocaine. The British fighter recently cancelled an October bout with Wladimir Klitschko to defend his WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.

Fury’s promoters, Hennessy Sports, did not wish to comment.

Fury, 28, had been scheduled to earn the biggest purse of his career in a rematch with Klitschko at the Manchester Arena after shocking the Ukrainian last November to become world champion.

However, Fury withdrew from that date as his camp claimed he had been “declared mentally unfit to fight”.

ESPN reported Fury tested positive after providing a urine sample to the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) in Lancaster, England, on September 22.

Cocaine, while an illegal drug, is not banned in boxing if taken out of competition.

The hits keep coming: heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury tests positive for cocaine - report

Fury later tweeted a link to a YouTube video in which he said George Kokkalenios, an American lawyer, was “telling the truth about the corruption in boxing”.

The video showed Kokkalenios at the wheel of a car, talking to an unidentified person behind the camera and suggesting Klitschko was somehow involved in the cocaine reports about Fury.

“What’s going on with Tyson is really a major travesty,” he said.

“He’s getting railroaded. He’s been completely railroaded by crooked people. He’s not on drugs – I know that for a fact. He’s not taking anything, he’s not doping. The system is corrupt and that’s it.

“Klitschko, he is definitely involved in this because he’s got everyone in his pocket. I’m not saying he’s a bad man at all, but I can tell you this for a fact: his wealth carries a lot of influence.”

Fury appeared to make light of the reports in a previous Twitter post on Saturday.

He tweeted a picture of Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino in the film Scarface, sitting at a table with a pile of cocaine in front of him.

Fury imposed his own face onto the picture, which he captioned “#Tysonmontana”.

Fury, the self-styled “Gypsy King”, also won the IBF belt in his fight against Klitschko, but had to forfeit it after failing to fulfil a mandatory bout against Vyacheslav Glazkov.

A previously scheduled rematch with Klitschko, set for July 9, was scrapped after Fury sustained an ankle injury.

Following the cancellation of that fight, it emerged that UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) had charged Fury and his cousin, Hughie, with a doping offence. They deny wrongdoing.

The sample, taken nine months prior to Fury’s sensational victory over Klitschko, contained traces of the banned substance nandrolone.

Fury was provisionally suspended, but his ban has since been lifted and his legal team have threatened action against UKAD.

He is due to face a hearing in November and could have been stripped of his titles if found guilty.

British promoter Eddie Hearn recently said Fury would never fight again, prompting his trainer and uncle, Peter Fury, to claim his nephew would be back in action next year.

His greatest moment, defeating Klitschko in Germany after the Ukrainian was unbeaten for over a decade, also proved his downfall.

Fury has courted almost constant controversy since winning the world title, angering many with a series of highly sexist, anti-semitic and homophobic comments.