Fury has spoken about how he may retire after fighting Whyte in front of the 96,000 crowd. However, if he pushes on with that plan it will mean that he is sacrificing the opportunity to have his long-awaited bout with Anthony Joshua – assuming that he beats Oleksandr Usyk in September – meaning are refusing to believe him.

But Froch does, he explained: ”Listen, he’s got a lot of kids, I think Paris, his wife, is pregnant and so why not sail off into the sunset? He’s getting on to 35 years old, he must have made £100million in his career, and he’s absolutely massive. He’s the heavyweight king and I think to get himself in the shape that he needs to be in to fight is hard work now at 34, 35 years old.

“If Tyson Fury is talking about retirement, I kind of believe him. It must be in his head, he must be thinking ‘you know what, I’ve done my time, I’m the heavyweight king, and if I retire on the back of a 94,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium’ then who could blame him?”