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Tyson Fury has claimed he is 'here to stay' just hours after announcing his retirement from boxing.
Fury defeated Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko on points in November 2015 to win the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles but just two weeks later he was stripped of the IBF belt because he was unable to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
He had been scheduled to face Klitschko in July only to suffer an ankle injury in training before he was declared medically unfit for the rematch at the Manchester Arena later this month.
The World Boxing Organisation has given him ten days to provide a detailed explanation for his withdrawal from the fight.
On Monday the 28-year-old took to Twitter to announce his retirement in a expletive-laden post.
He wrote: "Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in, all a pile of s***, I'm the greatest, & I'm also retired, so go suck a d***, happy days."
However, just hours later he rubbished suggestions that he had called time on his career.
"Hahahaha u think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I'm here to stay. #TheGreatest just shows u what the Medea are like. Tut tut," he tweeted.
"Soon as I get better I'll be defending what's mine the heavyweight thrown."
Fury is reported to have refused to give a sample to UK Anti-Doping Agency, while there have been suggestions that traces of a banned substance were found in a urine sample. He has denied allegations of doping.
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