‘I’ll bring Tyson Fury out of retirement’: Legendary promoter Don King, 90, jokes he will make the Gypsy King return to the ring as he praises the unbeaten WBC champion for overcoming his demons
- Don King, 90, heaped praise on undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury
- The American promoter joked he would bring the Gypsy King out of retirement
- King said he respected Fury for overcoming the struggles he faced in his life
- He described the ‘Fury boys’ as ‘good people’ during his interview with BT Sport
Boxing’s most notorious promoter Don King has heaped praise on Tyson Fury and joked that he will bring the Gypsy King out of retirement.
Fury hung up his gloves after he stopped Dillian Whyte with a uppercut in the sixth round of their Battle of Britain at Wembley Stadium in April.
However, King said he would bring the unbeaten WBC champion out of retirement after watching the 33-year-old continue to train twice a day every day.
American promoter Don King has heaped praise on undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury
Fury retained his world heavyweight title in front of a record British crowd of 94,000 fans courtesy of a brutal uppercut that thudded off the challenger’s chin and sent him tumbling to the canvas.
Whyte rose to his feet and tried desperately to carry on but he looked unsteady on his feet, prompting referee Mark Lyson to wave off the fight.
Speaking after the fight Fury – who is on course for the undisputed crown – said it was time for him to walk away from the sport after a ‘fairytale few years’.
However, King has joked that he could get the Gypsy King to change his mind and return to the ring. Speaking to BT Sport, King joked: ‘I’m gonna bring Tyson Fury out of retirement’.
Fury hung up his gloves after he stopped Dillian Whyte with a uppercut at Wembley in April
He went on to speak about his admiration for Fury – explaining how he respected the Gypsy King for overcoming his demons to return to the top of the sport
He went on to speak about his admiration for Fury – explaining how he respected the Gypsy King for overcoming his demons to return to the top of the sport.
King was referring to the time Fury ballooned to 27 stone after spiralling into depression, drug and alcohol addiction in 2015 after beating Wladimir Klitschko.
King said: ‘Tyson Fury is a human being. He ended up getting himself involved in drugs and all the different things there.
‘He had never lost but he quit because he got himself into trouble with humanistic things so I always had a great deal of respect for him when he came back.
‘He went straight back to the top again. So, now he says he is retired but maybe afterwards he may come out of retirement.
‘But anyway, the Fury boys are good people’.
King (right) is one of Boxing’s most notorious promoters – having represented the likes of Muhammad Ali (left), Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Wilfred Benítez, Roberto Duran
Talented fighters flocked to King, hoping to headline a card and earn a lucrative payday
King is one of Boxing’s most notorious promoters – having arranged his first boxing show 50 years ago. During his career he has represented the likes of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, Salvador Sanchez, Wilfredo Gomez, and Alexis Arguello and more.
The 90-year-old also spent three years and 11 months in prison after being convicted of second degree murder. The victim was Sam Garrett, who owed King $600 (£480) for a gambling debt.
In 1954, King returned to prison for shooting and killing a man who was trying to rob one of his gambling houses. The promoter was sentenced after the judge ruled it a ‘justifiable homicide.’
After leaving prison, King made his first big break through as a promoter by convincing Muhammad Ali to fight in a charity event to raise money for a local hospital.
Following that, talented fighters flocked to King, hoping to headline a card and earn themselves a lucrative payday.
At age of 90, King is more withdrawn from the sport but still spends time promoting when he can.
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