Tyson Fury doesn't plan on relinquishing his world heavyweight title anytime soon.
Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's long spell as a unified champion in 2015 and became a two-time world title holder with a shocking stoppage win over Deontay Wilder this past February. Still unbeaten at 31 years old, Fury isn't fueled by fame or fortune; he's doing this for himself.
"I've won every single belt in boxing," Fury told Sky Sports. "From the English title to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world. All done, all finished. Considered the best, done. If I don't box again, I'm happy. But if I do box again, then I continue to box. If we get past this thing, which hopefully we will, then we're going to keep boxing and just keep taking on contenders.
"Klitschko did it until he was 40," he added. "A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing. I ain't boxing for money, I ain't boxing for fame, I ain't boxing for a belt. I'm boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it. ... Nothing to prove to anybody. Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now because I love boxing and I've been doing it all my life. Why walk away when I'm still only young?"
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that he hopes to set up a fight between Fury and unified champion Anthony Joshua — a battle between fellow Brits with all the world titles on the line.
"It would probably be a two-fight deal," Hearn recently told Sky Sports. "Any deal between Fury and AJ, you run it twice."
But before that can happen, Fury is contractually obligated to face Wilder for part three of their rivalry. He may no longer be chasing clout or cash, but Fury certainly doesn't mind the chance to once again prove his doubters wrong.
"They said I'd never do it; they said I would never have the dedication," Fury said. "Then they wrote me off because I wasn't body beautiful like everybody else. Then they wrote me off because the heavyweight champion of the world was Wladimir Klitschko. I had to go to Germany; that was a write-off. And then they wrote me off because I went to 28 stone and had mental health problems, but that couldn't keep me down.
"Then they wrote me off because I had to fight the biggest puncher in the history of boxing after only two, petty comeback fights, but that didn't keep me down. Then they wrote me off because I'm all washed up and I can't take a punch anymore, and then they wrote me off because I got a massive cut. Then they wrote me off because I had 10 changes of trainers. Then they wrote me off because Wilder was going to be better the second time around, and then they wrote me off because they said they didn't believe in what I was going to do and I'm a feather-duster puncher, and I can't crack an egg, and I'm useless.
"But here I am today, stand-alone heavyweight, leading superstar in boxing. I'm still fat, still ugly, still bald, still a big man — and I'm still unstoppable."