The prestigious Ring Magazine confirmed on Saturday that Tyson Fury has officially vacated the Ring’s heavyweight title following his retirement announcement on Friday. Time will now tell whether the title will now be up for grabs in the upcoming rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
Fury is a two-time champion of the Ring, picking up the belt in major victories against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and Deontay Wilder in 2020, and last defended the strap with a sixth-round stoppage defeat of Dillian Whyte in April. The title has a wealth of history behind it, only made available in fights containing the number one and two in the respective divisions and so acts as a clear indicator of a champion’s standing among their competitors.
While this seems a major step towards retirement for the thirty-four-year-old Fury, his WBC title has still not been vacated, and while WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed on Friday that he had received official confirmation of the Morecambe man’s wish to retire, nothing has been confirmed regarding the vacation of the green and gold belt. Fury is well-known for his contradictory statements and a cynic might suspect that he still has one eye on an undisputed clash versus the winner of Usyk-Joshua II, which could provide him with an opportunity to become a three-time Ring Magazine champion as well as the undisputed king of this era of heavyweights if he is successful.
So long as Fury continues to hold his WBC title, he cannot be considered fully retired.