British boxer Ricky Hatton has been in the public eye since he was a child, and is now retired from boxing. He talks about how Tyson Fury should retire if he loses his next fight, and why it would be a better idea for him to do so.
Ricky Hatton is the former British boxer who has been retired since 2013. He said that if Tyson Fury wants to hang his gloves up now, no one could blame him.
On Saturday in Las Vegas, Fury sealed his legendary status. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
In his latest piece for Metro.co.uk, the British boxing great discusses Tyson Fury’s major choices after his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder, as well as Jack Massey’s big night on Fightzone next month.
What is Fury’s next move?
Nobody can blame Tyson Fury for wanting a vacation following his fight with Deontay Wilder. Everyone wants to know what he plans to do next, but with boxing these days, it’s difficult to see that picture. It’s difficult to make arrangements when there are rematch conditions for everything.
We may not see him till after the second fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua. If Tyson decides to take a break, AJ will have a chance to redeem himself against Usyk. And if he can accomplish that, we’ll finally have the fight we’ve all been waiting for.
When it comes to whether Tyson will continue fighting, it all depends on the bouts he is given today. He’s fought in some of the finest heavyweight bouts ever, and he’s made one of the greatest comebacks in the sport’s history, both in terms of how he returned to the sport after his troubles and how he recovered from that knockdown in the first fight versus Wilder.
In Vegas, Fury and Wilder fought an all-time classic. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
I believe he just has one box to check now, and that is the all-British championship match with AJ. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t believe he’ll be able to do much more in his career. He defeated Wladimir Klitschko, overcame his difficulties, and won the championship once again.
He’s fought Wilder three times and won each time. I don’t believe anybody would blame him if he hung up right now. But, knowing Tyson the way I do, he’ll want to end his career by defeating AJ. But, again, it wouldn’t surprise me if it doesn’t happen anytime soon and Tyson’s career ends in the ring. If that occurs, he may proudly hold his head high.
Tyson is in complete control of the situation. He is the lineal champion, and his bouts with Wilder have solidified his position as the main guy, while AJ has faded away. He’s the one they’re all hoping to defeat. However, he is currently at a crossroads in his career.
As a friend of Tyson’s, I don’t want to watch him continue to go through the mill and win battles like that. I believe he has earned the right to wait for his last significant bout, which he believes will be against AJ, and then relax and enjoy his retirement. Paris and his family must be thinking the same thing every time they watch him go to the well. But all we can do now is wait and watch what happens.
Heavyweight boxing’s top guy is Tyson Fury. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
How would Fury defeat Usyk?
Unification against Oleksandr Usyk, on the other hand, is crucial. He’ll want to fight AJ because it’ll be a big deal for British boxing, but if it doesn’t work out, he can face Usyk and say, “I’m the guy who defeated the man.”
If they fought, I believe Tyson would turn it into a war. Tyson would attempt to rough up AJ as he tried to outbox Usyk. Tyson, in my view, has the characteristics to outbox Usyk; his jab and movement are on par with his, he can punch as hard as him, and he is the much larger guy. He’d have every edge, but I believe Tyson would triumph where AJ lost.
Usyk and unity may be on the horizon (Picture: Getty)
If Tyson was having trouble outboxing Usyk, he would lean on him and utilize his stature to his advantage. Tyson has the necessary abilities, but if he were to enter the physical fight, he would deprive Usyk of the technical struggle. If I were in Usyk’s corner, I would choose the moment to box him, but I would keep urging him to put his weight on him. Wherever feasible, make use of your size and strength. Bully AJ into doing something he couldn’t.
The Redemption of Wilder
Given what occurred in the second bout, I believe many fans (including myself) were wondering heading into Fury versus Wilder 3, “What is the purpose of seeing this again?” We were completely incorrect. You have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit for putting up such a strong showing. I would have replied no chance if you had asked me whether I believed he had it in him.
Perhaps we were all guilty of not respecting Wilder enough. We all know how hard he can hit and the response he gets from his opponents when he hits such shots – they’re difficult to forget.
It was a fantastic performance from him, and it exemplifies why our sport is so popular. Just when you think the human body can take no more damage, a battle like that shows you how far these warriors can go.
In the fourth round, Wilder knocked Fury out twice (Picture: Getty)
There are a lot of big bouts out there for Wilder right now, and he could face Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte again, putting himself in position for a fight with Oleksandr Usyk later on.
If Tyson had crushed him again, like he did in the second fight, I believe it would have been time for him to retire. He’s always been fascinating to watch, and now that he’s been in the ring with Tyson, his value has skyrocketed.
Instead of simply being recognized as a knockout artist, he is now renowned in the boxing arena for a lot more things. He’s now renowned for his warrior instincts, his heart, and his ability to dig deep and survive. He is constantly in good bouts, whether he knocks you out or gets knocked out himself, and there are many more huge ones out there for him.
On Fightzone, Massey defends his world championship.
Fightzone scheduled a big event on November 26th, featuring Jack Massey defending his IBO cruiserweight title against Belgium’s Bilal Laggoune. It’s a dream come true for Jack, and it just goes to show that Dennis Hobson has kept his promise and delivered for him, and world championship fights don’t come much larger than this. Dennis did it with Carl Thompson a few years ago when Carl won the same title, and Jack will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.
Fightzone is gearing up for a big November.
In his first fight with Dennis’ Fight Camp this summer, Jack won the IBF European championship, and he is rapidly progressing to the next level in his career.
If Jack wins the title, he’ll be thrust back into some major bouts. There’s unfinished business with Richard Riakporhe, who is also closing in on the world championship stage – there may be a major rematch down the road, with Jack clearly eager to get him back.
See also: Anthony Joshua
Chris Billam-Smith is the British, Commonwealth, and EBU champion, Tommy McCarthy is also present, and Lawrence Okolie is the WBO world champion.
I believe Jack will seek vengeance against Riakporhe, as well as possible unification against Okolie. He must first defeat Laggoune, but best of luck to him.
Mark Jeffers is also performing that night in Bolton, and he is being groomed for big things. That night, he fights Michel Garcia for the vacant WBO global super middleweight championship. While it is just a minor championship, it serves to enhance the fighters’ reputation, increase ticket sales, and keep these events continuing.
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