World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is “here to stay” after earlier suggesting he had retired from boxing.
The British fighter, who withdrew from his 29 October rematch with Wladimir Klitschko because of reported mental health issues, had tweeted: “I’m the greatest, and also retired.”
But three hours later Fury, 28, was back on social media to suggest his earlier claim had been a joke.
“Hahahaha, you think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy?” he said.
“I’m here to stay. #TheGreatest. Just shows you what the media are like. Tut tut. Soon as I get better I’ll be defending what’s mine – the heavyweight throne.”
He added: “Good news is I’m getting the right help and I’ll be back even stronger than before, try and stop me!”
Fury had been scheduled to earn the biggest purse of his career for his second fight with Klitschko at Manchester Arena this month.
He postponed the original rematch against the Ukrainian, which was scheduled for July, after injuring an ankle in training.
He was given 10 days by the World Boxing Organisation to provide detailed reasons for his second withdrawal.