Tyson Fury has announced his plans to return to boxing in 2018 and has his eyes on British heavyweight boxing's star attraction - Anthony Joshua.
The 29-year-old hasn't stepped between the ropes since he outboxed Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has been flip-flopping about his future in the sport after troubles outside the ring.
After months of retiring, returning and re-retiring, it seems Fury is now finally on the comeback trail with his UK anti-doping hearing set to resume and videos of him training emerging on Instagram.
Fury even whipped up excitement with a flurry of tweets on Tuesday, threatening to hunt down some of the heavyweight division's biggest names and floor AJ within eight rounds.
While the 'Gypsy King' still has plenty of weight to lose and Joshua will likely seek unification bouts with Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder first, boxing fans can finally get excited about the big match-up.
Given the length of his absence from ring, it would be prudent for Fury to get some rounds under his belt while his compatriot mops up the remaining heavyweight belts.
And one potential warm-up bout for Fury could prove none other than Shannon Briggs.
The charismatic 45-year-old was a champion himself in his prime and will be sanctioned to fight again on November 14 after being banned for testosterone use.
He taunted recently: To be honest with you when I saw him last I sized him up and I couldn't believe how short he was. I always thought and heard he was a giant," per The Sun.
“What I saw was fat guy around my height, not much bigger, I was thinking 'damn I'll stretch you easy'.
“Goes to show you how television can be deceiving. As for his style it's rubbish but it's been effective."
And his Instagram post to Fury is absolutely sensational, check it out:
Briggs is the gift that keeps on giving. If nothing else, were the fight to take place, the press conferences between the two would be pure class.
He continued with his plan: “You have to bully a guy like Fury notice I don't call him ‘Tyson.’ Truthfully you have to run up on a big guy like Fury and pummel him. He's the type of guy who's strong and determined but he's slow. His awkwardness is his positive.
“My plan is to win the title and give back to the world by travelling — I'm the real Gypsy — and spread positive energy to the people.
"I myself had a rough life and it's been a struggle but I believe my gift is the ability to connect with everyone. I hurt hard and I love hard.”
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