Tyson Fury says his win over Dillian Whyte is definitely the end of his career – he definitely thinks so anyway. 

There was no sense of changing his mind about retiring as he took off his T-shirt to sit down for the post-fight press conference. But neither was there a formal announcement of retirement.  

He talked of boxing exhibitions – ‘I want some of that Floyd Mayweather money' – he talked of making a return to WWE, he talked of a fight with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.  

There was enough of a crack of light to think he could be tempted one day to face the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, despite his insistence that he did not care about them. 

“I have enjoyed my career, it’s been a fantastic career, but every dog has his day,” Fury said. “There’s a lot of money to be made, but I’ve never been a money person. 

“I’ll tell you this one for free, before I fought Deontay Wilder 3, I was in my house in Vegas and I said to Paris, ‘this is going to be my last fight, I don’t want to do it anymore’. 

“I was happy with that decision and then I got a call from Frank (Warren) and he said you can do a homecoming fight at Wembley and I said to Paris ‘I’ve got to go one more time, I’ve got to get the old boots out again’.  

“It was a tough decision because I was happy being in Morecambe retired, I used to go to the gym and watch Joseph Parker train.” 

Despite having another unbeaten world champion in the division, Fury said he had done all that he wanted to do. 

“It’s been a fairytale few years, more than I ever dreamed of," he said. “I take a lot of pride in this. I know pride is not the best thing, but I’m very proud of what I’ve won. I’ve won every belt there is to win. If this was a computer game, it would definitely be completed. 

“If it was about money, I’d continue, but it isn’t. It has never been about money. I’m going to go home to my wife and my kids. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road, I’ve been away a long time. I’ve fulfilled everything I wanted to fulfil.  

“I will retire as only the second heavyweight world champion after Rocky Marciano to retire undefeated, two-time Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world.” 

Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.