WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, 34-years-old, admits that he's simply not ready to walk away from the sport.
Back in April, Fury packed Wembley Stadium with 94,000 screaming fans - who watched him score a knockout victory over mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in six rounds.
In the aftermath, Fury announced his retirement and promised to never box again.
It didn't take long before Fury was actively discussing potential fights with names like Anthony Joshua.
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is back this Saturday night, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in a voluntary defense against Derek Chisora in a trilogy fight.
“I need this,” Fury said on the MMA Hour. “I need this more than I ever thought I’d ever need something and I still have a lot to give, so here we are giving again. Giving more blood.
“I need it mentally, physically, emotionally, I’m not ready to let it go right now. Hopefully, it’s going to be in the short distant future there’s going to be a time where I’m ready to let it go, but I ain’t ready to let it go right now. I was watching Larry Holmes last night and he was 43 years old, still kicking ass. I’m only 34, so there’s still plenty left in the tank. For now, I’m not ready to let it go and we’ll see what the future holds.”
During his few short months of retirement, Fury spent time with his family - and he quickly got bored and couldn't break away from that itch to return to the ring.
“I was at home, I did everything I wanted to do,” Fury said. “I wanted to spend some time with my family. I wanted to be that father. The kids, the school runs and all that, the dog, I wanted to do all that sort of stuff. Then I realized that’s for normal people and I’m anything but a normal person. I’m like an abnormal alien. I only thrive when I’m in training camp for a fight. I really don’t know what’s going to happen in the future when that is not an option anymore. I’m pretty f------ up, I think.
“I’m very worried because I can’t let go just like most of the great champions throughout history. Look at Floyd Mayweather. The guy’s 45 years old taking f------- fights against YouTubers and stuff because he can’t let it go. It’s a very difficult thing to let it go. Very difficult.”