British world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has described his earlier claim of retiring from boxing as a joke, maintaining that he is “here to stay.”
The British fighter had while apparently withdrawing from his 29 October rematch with Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, because of reported mental health issues tweeted, “I’m the greatest, and also retired.”
Three hours later, the 28-year-old Fury was back on the social media, asserting that his earlier claim had been a joke.
He tweeted, “Hahahaha, you think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy?”
“I’m here to stay. #TheGreatest. Just shows you what the media are like. Tut tut.
“Soon as I get better I’ll be defending what’s mine – the heavyweight throne.”
“Good news is I’m getting the right help and I’ll be back even stronger than before, try and stop me!”
Fury had been scheduled to earn the biggest purse of his career for his second fight with Klitschko at Manchester Arena on October 29.
He postponed the original rematch against Klitschko, which was scheduled for July, after he sustained an ankle injury during training.
He was given 10 days by the World Boxing Organisation, WBO, to give detailed reasons for his second withdrawal.