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Tyson Fury has won all the titles he needs to win in his boxing career and might be looking at taking a bow after knocking out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round at the Wembley Stadium.

“I’m very proud I’ve won two English titles, two British titles, two Commonwealth titles, the Irish title, the European title, WBO intercontinental, WBO international, WBO super, WBA Super, IBF, IBO, Ring Magazine, lineal, WBC — I’ve won every belt there is to win in boxing. There isn’t more to do,” Fury said.

“If this was a computer game, it definitely would be completed.”

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Could Fury turn down the chance of holding all the heavyweight titles and becoming the undisputed champion of the world? He has held each of the belts at some stage of his 14-year pro career — either side of a 3½-year break when he dealt with issues of mental health, drug use and depression during which he tried to kill himself.

Beating the winner of the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, and Anthony Joshua in a highly lucrative, legacy-defining fight would surely be the ultimate way to bow out.

“I’ve fulfilled everything I’ve ever wanted to fulfil,” Fury said. “I’m going to retire as only the second heavyweight in history, after Rocky Marciano, to retire undefeated.

“I was unbeatable at this game.”

The 33-year-old Fury said he gave his word to his wife, Paris, that he would quit after completing his sensational trilogy of fights with Deontay Wilder with a victory in Las Vegas in October.

He wanted to go out unhurt, unbeaten and on his terms, and spend more time with his six kids.

Yet he was persuaded to get back in the ring for a homecoming fight against Whyte in front of the biggest ever crowd for a boxing bout in Britain.

With a 32nd victory in the bag, completed Saturday with a vicious uppercut that sent Whyte to the canvas, he gave his UK fans a walkaway knockout to remember him.

Boxing fans would want to see Fury fight Usyk or Anthony Joshua.

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