After a two-year sabbatical as it were, it looks as if Tyson Fury is on the brink of returning to boxing.
Now that UK Anti-Doping has backdated the Gypsy King's ban, providing he can get his boxing licence back from the British Boxing Board of Control in January, the comeback is truly on.
Fury's last appearance in a ring saw him defeat Wladimir Klitschko for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight titles, all of which now belong to Anthony Joshua bar the WBO strap which is in Joseph Parker's possession.
Naturally, an all-British bout between two unbeaten heavyweights in Fury and Joshua would do huge box office numbers and thus, big money for all involved.
But, how easy will it be to make the fight happen? Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has already suggested Fury will need a tune-up before getting a shot at Joshua and he'll need to lose considerable weight.
The 29-year-old has been hard at work on the latter, posting several videos of himself back in training. However, as much as he wants Joshua, Fury insists he won't be bullied in negotiations like Parker has recently.
“It would be the biggest fight in British boxing history but the question is will that fight ever happen?” said Fury, was speaking in Montreal, Canada, to watch close friend Billy Joe Saunders retain his WBO middleweight title against on David Lemieux.
“For me that’s the big question. I think there are a lot of doubts about whether that will ever happen.
“If we can’t come to an agreement then the fight is not going to happen," Fury said.
The former champion says AJ and Hearn will have to submit to his demands or the fight will not happen. How much Fury is asking for is not clear at this point.
“We saw this once before with Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe. Let’s hope it doesn’t go down that road and let’s hope they sign the contract and get the fight on.
“I just see them trying to dictate everything and I will not be dictated to by anybody. They either meet my demands or they will get nothing. It’s as simple as that.”
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