Tyson Fury has claimed on Twitter that he will return to boxing in 2018 with “a new style, a new persona, and new goals”.
Things have been rough for Fury since he was stripped of his titles after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he has repeatedly stated his desire to get back to boxing as soon as his anti-doping case is resolved.
The undefeated former heavyweight champion shared an old picture showing him in much better condition than he is currently, along with the claim that he will reinvent himself in the coming year.
Fury has been making similar claims for some time now, but has yet to prove he is ready to apply himself to rediscovering the fitness that took him to the top in the first place.
He is gunning for a fight against the man of the moment in heavyweight boxing Anthony Joshua, taking to Twitter after Joshua’s title defence against Carlos Takam to say that he will stop the unified champion in eight rounds.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said that the fight will go ahead if he can prove he is serious about it by getting off social media and back into the gym.
This tweet apparently states his desire to do so, but many fans remain unconvinced of his dedication, with Fury profoundly out of shape and claiming to weigh 25 stone.
Joshua himself has said of the fight: “It's Anthony Joshua versus the world right now, I have got to fight them all.
See Fury's tweet below.
“Eddie [Hearn] is right, as a promoter it works well for him, it works well for me and I think it works well for people who want to watch me and Tyson Fury get it on.
“I wish him the best of luck with what he's going through because we need to see him back in the ring."
He added: “Eddie has been on the phone to Tyson, trying to make things happen and support his cause. This is a fight, down the line, that might happen.
“At the minute, the fighters who are closer on a championship level are the likes of Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.”