Fury is 'here to stay' after brief 'retirement'
CONTROVERSIAL world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury made an abrupt U-turn on his retirement decision on Monday, tweeting: "I'm here to stay."
"Hahahaha u think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I'm here to stay," he wrote on Twitter.
"#TheGreatest just shows u what the Medea (sic) are like. Tut tut."
He added: "Soon as I get better I'll be defending what's mine the heavyweight thrown (sic)."
The provocative 28-year-old British brawler, dogged by reports he failed a drugs test for cocaine, had earlier declared himself "retired" in a profanity-strewn tweet.
"Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in, all a pile of s***," he had written three hours earlier.
"I'm the greatest and I'm also retired... "
United States broadcaster ESPN last week reported Fury tested positive for cocaine after providing a urine sample to the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in Lancaster, England, on Sept 22.
Cocaine, while an illegal drug, is not banned in boxing if taken out of competition.
The British fighter recently cancelled an October bout with Wladimir Klitschko to defend his WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.
Contacted by Agence France-Presse, Fury's promoter, Hennessy Sports, said it did not wish to comment.
Fury had been scheduled to earn the biggest purse of his career in a rematch with Klitschko at the Manchester Arena after shocking the Ukrainian last November to become world champion.
However, Fury withdrew from that date as his camp claimed he had been "declared mentally unfit to fight".
He has courted almost constant controversy since winning the world title, angering many with a series of highly sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic comments.