Tyson Fury could decide to quit boxing after decisive win over Deontay Wilder, says former champ Carl Froch

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Tyson Fury could decide to quit boxing after decisive win over Deontay Wilder, says former champ Carl Froch
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Tyson Fury could hang up his gloves after conquering Deontay Wilder and potentially losing Anthony Joshua as a unification opponent, according to Carl Froch.

The former super-middleweight king called time on his own prestigious career in 2014 at the age of 36 following his double-victory over George Groves.

For Fury, his trilogy triumph over Wilder may have increased his desperation to be considered among heavyweight boxing’s all-time greats, but the lack of major opposition could lead him to calling it a day.

Froch, 44, wrote in his Sky Sports column: “I'd like to see him take on AJ. I'd like to see him take on [Oleksandr] Usyk to see how that fight would go.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired. Depending upon how much he loves the sport, and how much he wants to go in there and do it all again, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fury says: ‘I have done my bit and now I am finished’.”

Usyk and Joshua are set for a rematch in the New Year after the Ukrainian’s confident points victory over the Brit in Tottenham last month. A Joshua victory would reignite fans’ dreams of a Battle of Britain unification battle - but it is far from a guaranteed prospect at this point.

Fury, meanwhile, could face Dillian Whyte around the same time if he can overcome Otto Wallin in just over a fortnight. Froch believes Whyte has earned his chance at a world title belt but he does not expect Fury to be chomping at the bit to arrange a fresh title defence.

He added: “Whyte deserves his shot.

“But for Fury to defend against Whyte, then face the winner of AJ and Usyk? I don't think he needs to. I'd like to see Fury fight Whyte - it would be a good fight, a close fight.

“I am putting myself in Fury's shoes. The last thing he will want to do at the moment is talk about who to fight next. I would not be surprised if he has one eye on retirement.”

Fury, who hinted that he was planning ‘four or five’ more fights ahead of facing Wilder, has stated his desire to ‘bask’ in his 11th-round knockout victory before returning to the ring.

He said: “I’ve just earned a well-earned break from everything. [I’ve] been away from my family for six months.

“Before I start thinking about fighting other men, I’m going to bask in this victory. Because this tonight was one of my greatest wins. I got off the floor to do it. And I’m the big dog in the division.”

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