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Tyson Fury won’t be given a ‘time limit’ to confirm retirement and vacate WBC heavyweight title says boxing chief

THE WBC won’t set a “time limit” for Tyson Fury to confirm his retirement and vacate their title.

The Gyspy King appeared to call it a day after his brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte at Wembley last month but has yet to officially bow out of the stacked heavyweight division.

Tyson Fury teased retirement after his brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte last month

But The Gypsy King has yet to vacate the WBC heavyweight title

But WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman won’t put any timeline on Fury to confirm his retirement

Fury, 33, has also yet to vacate the WBC’s prestigious green belt but won’t face any immediate pressure from the Mexican sanctioning body to do so.

WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman told Planet Sport: “We’re going to give him the time he needs to reflect, to relax, he just did the mandatory of the division.

“There’s no hurry to pressure him or his team into making any decisions. We will be in communications, he’s having a holiday with his family.

“I’m not saying we will get him three months, there’s no time limit right now I’m respecting the level of Tyson Fury, his private time with his family but we will talk in the near future certainly.”

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Sulaiman understands the need for Fury to provide clarity on his future so as not to leave the division in limbo.

He added: “We need to address the situation if he is retiring but at this time, we are just giving him the much deserved time to enjoy his holidays.”

Fury claimed the WBC strap in February 2020 with a seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder, whom he retained the belt against last October.

And Sulaiman admits former the long-reigning champion will be in contention to fight for the belt should it become vacant.

He said: “Wilder is the number one contender and you have Joe Joyce at number two, three is Joseph Parker.

“I believe [Joyce and Parker] are going to have a fight for the WBO interim championship – we’ve had no confirmation but we will just wait and see what happens.

“There are some variables playing around there.”

Fury himself wants Wilder to fight for the belt, telling Behind the Gloves: “I’d like to see Deontay Wilder fight whoever for it again.

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“I don’t know how that’s [Wilder being No.1 in the WBC rankings] even possible. He’s lost three fights in a row and still No.1-rated.

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“But that’s up to them. One thing, [though], Deontay made ten title defences, more than anybody else.

“He equalled Muhammad Ali’s record, beat Vitali Klitschko’s record, [he] doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”

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