Fury outlines plans to bow out of boxing with 'farewell fight' in 2020

After his stint in WWE, Tyson Fury will return to boxing in 2020, though he believes it will be his last year in the sport.

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Tyson Fury has revealed he anticipates retiring from boxing in 2020 as he outlined his intention to have three bouts next year.

The former unified heavyweight champion of the world makes his WWE debut on October 31, facing Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

Following his move into sports entertainment, Fury expects to return to the ring against Deontay Wilder in February.

However, the 31-year-old has suggested he will have wrapped up his boxing career by the end of 2020.

"Hopefully I have three fights next year, Wilder in February, Wilder in June and then maybe a farewell fight in December," Fury told BBC Sport.

"Boxing's a young man's game. I don't want to be in longer than I need to.

"I am 31, getting long in the tooth for the sport. There are young men coming up and Father Time catches up with everyone.

"I have five kids at home and a wife and I think it would be nice to spend a bit of time with those people after the sacrifices I have made my whole life."

 

Fury added he sees no issues with his schedule should a February 22 bout with Wilder be confirmed.

"I only do boxing and sparring in camp anyway," said Fury. "I will have a six-week camp. I am already on weight, already fit, so will work on some boxing and sparring and we are in.

"It's not always been that way. Usually I come out of a fight, put six stone on, have a mountain to climb, sap all my energy in the gym, and it would be so taxing I wouldn't want to go back.

"Now I am the same weight today as when I fought Tom Schwarz in June. I watch what I eat now and train every day, only Sundays off. So I go in now fit, ready to fight."

Fury even suggested he could venture into mixed martial arts before 2019 is out, telling reporters: "I might have an MMA fight before Christmas if I'm not busy, I just need to find someone who's prepared to fall over."

UFC star Conor McGregor, however, will not be considered as an opponent.

"Are you crazy? McGregor is 10 stone. I'm 20 stone. It wouldn't be very fair with five McGregors and 10 Floyd Mayweathers as well," Fury added.

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