Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury has revealed his plan to retire from the sport.Getty Images

Tyson Fury has promised to retire from boxing after his forthcoming rematch against Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old heavyweight champion is set to defend his WBA, IBO and WBO titles against the Ukrainian at the Manchester Arena on 9 July, but Fury has insisted it will be his last bout as a professional.

The controversial star confirmed the news of his impending retirement via his Twitter account. Alongside a picture of his family, he wrote: "This is the reason I'm retiring after my next fight, to spend the my time with these guys, missing my kids get grow! (sic)"

He added: "I set off today for what promises to be a very hard eight weeks' training camp. This will be my best fight, then I'll retire 100 percent."

The Manchester-born fighter has spent the build-up to the Klitschko rematch saying he has fallen out of love with the sport, claiming it has simply become a means of earning a living. During one of the pre-fight press conferences, Fury boasted about being out of shape and mocked Klitschko for allowing a "fat man" to beat him in October last year.

Turning to the former champion during the press conference, Fury - who married his wife Paris in 2009 - said: "Shame on you, you let a fat man beat you."

Assuming Fury remains true to his promise of retiring, he will forgo the chance to fight money-spinning bouts against fellow Britons David Haye and Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF title that Fury was forced to vacate.

Tyson Fury goes on expletive-laden tirade at the Klitschko bout press conference.IBTimes UK