So, Tyson Fury looks like he’s ready to resume his boxing career.
The British heavyweight hasn’t fought since November 2015 and the time since his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko has been nothing short of miserable, with Fury having his licence suspended due to anti-doping and medical issues.
But, in the wake of Anthony Joshua’s defence of his WBA (Super), IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, Fury seems prepared to return ahead of a potential 2018 bout against Joshua.
The 29-year-old responded to an article from The Sun in which they reported that the British Boxing Board of Control has given Fury the green light to return to boxing.
“Thanks to the BBBOC for giving me the green light to box in 2018.👍🏻👍🏻,” Fury wrote on Twitter.
It follows BBBofC chairman Robert Smith’s claim that they are ready to book a date with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for Fury’s hearing to resume.
"We want Tyson Fury to come back fit and healthy, in the right circumstances," Smith told Sky Sports.
Fury has sent a message to Joshua on Instagram
In his absence, Fury has watched Joshua become a national hero with a brilliant couple of years. The 2012 Olympic champion won the IBF title with victory over Charles Martin in April 2016 and added the WBA (Super) and IBO titles with that dramatic win against Klitschko in April 2017.
And it would appear that Fury is desperate to end the hysteria surrounding Joshua.
The Gypsy King has taken to Instagram to send a serious message to AJ, Deontay Wilder and the entire heavyweight division - he wants the belts he vacated in 2016 back.
Fury even compared his potential fight against Joshua with the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ - the memorable encounter between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974.
Fury wrote: “This is what's to come! The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me, same as Ali vs Foreman the stylish Ali vs the mummy Foreman! We all know what happens in this fight!
“I know you all got me whooped, but I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles 💪 & I have the mentality of a winner, a man who has never lost a fight. A true champion coming back to claim his thrown, this is my era they are from my time, I must destroy them.
“AJ & Wilder I'm coming back for you pair my mission is seek & destroy the only thing on my mind is destruction who ever gets in my way will be dealt with accordingly.
“There's only 1 winner & that's the fans! Let's make the heavyweights great again, fight the best in the division, Fury= Lineal champ, Joshua= IBF-IBO-WBA, Wilder= WBC, [Joseph] Parker= WBO.
“But to be fair Parker is only a young lad & is not on my radar he must gain experience & mature in to a big strong man. I hold my destiny in my own hands.
“May the best man win good luck everyone #letsgetthispartystarted 2018_2019 the world will see the best fights & see the true heavyweight king 👑 recrowned.”
Anyone else excited for what 2018 has in store?