Fury has claimed his days in the ring are over following his stunning seventh-round knockout win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April.
However, not everyone is convinced the undefeated 33-year-old will deliver on his promise, especially with the looming possibility of a fight to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis coming later this year.
Usyk and Joshua will meet in their IBF, WBA and WBO title rematch in July, with both men believing Fury will return to fight the winner.
But Fury insists he is happy with his decision to walk away.
“Just finished a lovely four mile run across the promenade,” Fury said in a video shared to social media, alongside the caption “blessed”. ‘I’ve been sweating quite a bit.
“Very very happy and claiming to retire which is a long time coming. I am enjoying my retirement so much.”
Both Joshua and Usyk both believe Fury will fight again.
“If Fury should have been in the boxing arena, come out of retirement and live up to the gentleman’s agreement, there’s a lot of money to be made,” Joshua said this week.
“First of all I have a pound for pound fighter on my list in Usyk who is a tough contender for sure.
“People say I’m just focusing on what’s in front of me, which is good, but I also want to look at the bigger picture so I can pull through, I have to, so I can get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
“So I feel like retirement doesn’t mean you’ve given up completely and are clicking on your phone on the beach and drinking a bottle of Corona. I have a feeling he’s still ticking and he’ll come back if he’s presented with the right fight.
Usyk is also still confident there will be a unification battle and when asked if he thinks Fury really has retired, he laughed and told YouTube show Block Party: ‘No, I think so not him!”
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