Tyson Fury once spoke about an all-British heavyweight clash against Anthony Joshua.
It’s the fight that both fighters should realistically be preparing for. But Fury’s problems over the past two years mean Joshua is readying himself to face Kubrat Pulev while nobody knows whether we’ll ever see the Gypsy King in the ring again.
Joshua, the IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight champion, firmly believes that Fury will regain his boxing licence and fight once more.
"You can have a year or two off through mistakes and complacency but, deep down, it's all you know so you'll always come home,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
"The boxing ring is where he will find peace."
Last month, Fury, who hasn’t fought since defeat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, vowed to come back and defeat Joshua.
"They call me 'the boomerang', I always come back," Fury said, per Sky Sports.
"It's a fight [against Joshua] people want to see and an easy one for me with my boxing skills."
Fury is exchanging barbs with Shannon Briggs
Yet it’s a sign of just how far Fury has fallen that he is now calling out 45-year-old heavyweight Shannon Briggs.
“@TheCannonBriggs I'm gonna give you the best whooping ever, it'll be like a ❤️making beating,” Fury wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Briggs has responded to Fury's tweet
Briggs has wanted to fight the 29-year-old for a while and it’s hardly a surprise that he’s responded to Fury in an attempt to ramp up the speculation.
Taking to Instagram, the American posted a photoshopped image of himself and Fury alongside a caravan, writing: “I just brought a trailer from some guy that said he was Tyson Fluffy’s cousin.
“I told him to tell him that Champ want to talk. Don’t be scared.”
So Briggs, referring to himself as Champ, wants to talk to Fury.
And Fury’s tweet from yesterday suggests he would be willing to talk to Briggs.
Fury vs. the BBBoC
The Brit revealed that he wouldn’t be applying to the British Boxing Board of Control for a new licence following a long-running dispute with the governing body.
“After thinking long and hard about my return I will not be applying for a BBBoC boxing license,” Fury wrote on Twitter.
“After they way they have handled stuff. No thanks.
“Make it clear I'll not apply to the BBBoC for a new licence. I'll go elsewhere, take my money and business to somewhere that appreciates it.”
Fury vs. Briggs certainly isn’t Fury vs. Joshua, but many fans would take it just to see Fury in the ring once again.