Tyson Fury is finally set to return to the ring at last, after two-and-a-half years out of the sport.
After the editor of Ring magazine warned Fury last Monday that he needed to clarify his intentions for their belt, the Gypsy King responded with this:
“Applying for my boxing Licance today, will be defending my @ringmagazine title in April, Can’t wait to get back in the ring.” (sic)”
Although his spelling may still leave a little to be desired, it is apparent that his hunger certainly isn’t lacking.
It was later confirmed that Frank Warren had made an application to the British Boxing Board of Control this week for Fury’s new license. Backing up his tweet and showing his intentions are clear.
Ring magazine rules stipulate he must face a top-five contender for his fight to count as a valid defence of his last remaining title.
The current crop of possible opponents does not make easy reading for Fury fans.
Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, and Luis Ortiz are the names on the list, and all are straight killers.
Whilst there are certainly no easy fights amongst those heavyweights, Fury’s hands may well be tied as to his choice of who to fight.
With Joshua, Wilder, Parker, and Ortiz all set to fight in March, it is improbable that an April date with Fury would come to fruition.
That leaves Povetkin as the Brit’s only option to defend his belt against.
Perhaps the best matchup for him out of all five, Povetkin’s unanimous 119-104 dismantling at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 is sure to give the returning champ confidence heading into a potential match-up.
The Russian will be 39 later this year, and Fury shouldn't be opposed to the idea of getting a tune up fight against him, building confidence and fitness ahead of any unification bouts in the back end of 2018.
Not that the Gypsy King is lacking in any confidence mind you, one look at his Twitter tells you that this is a man who truly fears no-one.
“I keep saying I want to fight @Anthonyjoshua in my first fight back, ray Lennard had 1 fight in 5 years then came back & beat Marvin Haglar, so it can be done” (sic)
Again, his spelling could do with a little work, but it’s clear there is one thing which Fury is abundantly knowledgeable in, and that is boxing.
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