Tyson Fury has said he has no plans to vacate the WBC heavyweight title, despite insisting that he is retired as a professional boxer.
Fury knocked out fellow Briton Dillian Whyte at London’s Wembley Stadium in April, remaining unbeaten with the victory and retaining the WBC belt in the process.
Fury insisted before and after the fight that it would be his last, but the 33-year-old is yet to relinquish his title.
“No, I’m not gonna give it up, because I’ve got 12 months [before being stripped of the belt],” Fury told talkSPORT.
I’m not holding this division up, because I own it. This is my division.”
The “Gypsy King” has expressed an interest in taking part in exhibition bouts, but a professional contest seems less likely.
Many fans are keen to see Fury take on the winner of Anthony Joshua’s summer rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, a fight that will see the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles contested.
Usyk took the belts, which Fury previously held, from Joshua in September by outpointing the Briton in London.
The victor of the pair’s rematch, which is due to take place in Saudi Arabia in August, would be lined up for a unification bout against Fury – as long as the 33-year-old does not vacate the WBC belt.