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Tyson Fury almost quit boxing due to brain damage fears

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Tyson Fury briefly retired from boxing as he feared he would suffer brain damage.

The Gypsy King claimed to be walking away from the sport after his win over Dillian Whyte earlier this year although he is now returning for a heavyweight title fight against Derek Chisora next month.

Fury has now revealed that the decision was made after his victory against Deontay Wilder in the pair's trilogy bout in 2021 as he felt the ill effects of a bruising battle in the ring.

He told talkSPORT: "I knocked him out in round 11, but it wasn’t just hunky dory and let’s all skip back to the changing rooms.

"I was feeling the back of my head and I had lumps on the back of my head like fists.

"I didn’t know if I had brain damage, I didn’t know what was up with me.

"I was very frightened because I had these massive swellings on the back of my head.

"I was thinking, ‘I could end up with brain damage.’"

The WBC world champion continued: "I was concussed, I didn’t remember anything.

"I suppose when you get knocked down like that you don’t remember a lot.

"I was thinking, ‘Did I get put down four times?’ I actually got put down twice.

"I thought to myself, ‘You know what? I think it’s time to call it a day.’ That was after Wilder 3."

Fury has now suggested that he could take part in ten more fights as boxing is the main passion in his life.

He said: "I have everything the world has to offer and that to me is not interesting.

"The only thing that really gets me going is boxing, fighting and training. I don’t think I can be involved in an environment of training every single day like a lunatic and not have a goal at the end of it."

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