The Return of The Gypsy King..

Billy Joe Saunders gives positive update on Tyson Fury's boxing future

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Boxing fans have reason to hope Tyson Fury will make a return to the sport. 

Speaking on ATG radio, Billy Joe Saunders, a fellow Irish traveller and close personal friend of Fury, assured fans that Tyson's return to boxing was imminent.

Saunders said: "Tyson will 100 per cent be back fighting at the elite level again."

His comments come just a month after the former unified heavyweight champion announced his retirement.

This was the second time in his career that the 29-year-old boxer made such an announcement.

Fury has not fought since July 2015, when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko and claimed his WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO and The Ring heavyweight titles. 

Fury does not currently hold a boxing license as he is under investigation by UK Anti-Doping. The UKAD have postponed their decision until October of this year, and, according to Saunders, once this happens, Fury will announce his return.

"It’s only at the moment he has a dark cloud over his head regarding his boxing licence.

"That doesn’t enhance until after October. Once we get October out of the way, he will 100 per cent announce his return."

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Saunders, the WBO Middleweight Champion, went on to speculate about a possible fight with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder, after 'one or two fights' to reintroduce Fury to boxing at that level.

"I personally think within one or two fights he can fight Wilder or Anthony Joshua."

It's been something of a two-year saga of disappointment for Fury fans.

They Gypsy King had been slotted for a July 2016 rematch against Klitschko, as per the rematch clause in their contract.

Fury showed up to the press conference drastically overweight and out of shape. Then, with only six weeks to go until the fight, Fury postponed because of a sprained ankle.

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On the same day, UKAD said they found a prohibited substance in a blood sample Fury provided them in 2015. Two months later, in September, Fury again postponed the rematch, and reports surfaced of cocaine use and struggles with depression.

There's no doubt a fight with either Joshua or Wilder would be a big draw, just don't hold your breath, as even with a November announcement, The Gypsy King would be several months away from a fight with either of them.

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