All signs point to Tyson Fury making a return to the ring in 2018.
The British heavyweight, who has been out of action for more than two years now, has spent the entire week calling out Anthony Joshua and promising a comeback once his issues with the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping are settled.
"I've had two years out of the ring. Fat as a pig, hairy as an animal, but still as hungry as a lion," Fury told Sky Sports this week.
"You have two years out of the ring and it gives you that va-va-voom to get back in there and bust a few heads.”
Some boxing fans have grown tired of Fury, refusing to believe that he will ever get his head on straight and show the sport the dedication that it deserves.
But many hope to see the Gypsy King back in action, and a return would leave the heavyweight division in a fine position.
Joshua has made the most of Fury’s absence, rising to become IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO champion, and an all-British encounter next year is on everyone’s wish list.
It would be foolish to forget about Deontay Wilder, too, who declared war on Joshua after beating Bermane Stiverne in the first round of his defence of his WBC title in Brooklyn last night.
Fury has spoken about AJ v Klitschko
Fury has been making more public appearances lately and he was in Monaco last night to watch Dereck Chisora’s defeat to Agit Kabayel.
While there, Fury gave an honest interview to iFL TV in which he explained why his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 was more impressive than Joshua’s win against the Ukrainian back in April.
“You know what Wladimir Klitschko said in the Joshua build up,” Fury said.
“He said ‘I feel great, I feel like I’m good, I’m the underdog again. From being on top for a while, your hunger goes down.’
“Because when I beat the lineal champion, the champion of 11 years, and I did it with ease no matter what people say, the Fury victory was a better victory than the AJ victory.
“Now I’m not taking anything away from AJ, because he’s done well and he’s earned a lot of money and he’s a world champion, so credit to the lad, but he didn’t do what I done.
“He fought a two-year older man, and he had to climb off the canvas. Credit to him for that but he did not play with a super champion like I did in his own backyard.
“He beat a beaten man who had had a couple of years out of the ring and that was it.
“The world needs to wake up, pull the wool away from the eyes and listen to what I’m telling you.
“These haven’t beat champions. They’ve beat has-beens. They’ve beat shadows of former glories. And they’ve beat bums.
“No disrespect to [Carlos] Takam, or [Dominic] Breazeale, or [Eric] Molina, or Charles Martin, they’re all doing the best they can with the ability God’s given them, but they ain’t Tyson Fury, I am, and until I’m beat, this is my division.”
Watch: Fury exposes Joshua over Klitschko win
It’s hard not to root for Fury to return with statements like that.
You can watch the highlights from Fury v Klitschko and Joshua v Klitschko below.
Fury v Klitschko
Joshua v Klitschko
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