Tyson Fury is on the comeback trail as he plans to return to boxing.
The latest footage of the Gypsy King in sparring shows a much leaner Fury, which is great news for the heavyweight division.
There were doubts about whether Fury would ever return to the sport following his failed drug test and subsequent issues with UK anti-doping, but it would appear that the 29-year-old is serious about coming back.
He recently sparred with Lucas Browne, who will fight Dillian Whyte on Saturday night, and the Australian shared details of their six-round session.
“It was a sparring session, don’t get me wrong,” Browne said. “But there was a lot of mucking around, a lot of playing.
“He did a spinning back elbow on me, all sorts of things. It was a great experience, he’s 6ft 9ins, very awkward but very good at what he does, so it was great.”
Ricky Hatton is among those to have seen Fury in a recent sparring session and the 39-year-old gave a positive update on how the heavyweight is looking.
What Hatton has said after seeing Fury in sparring
“Tyson Fury’s been in the gym. He was in my gym a couple of months back. He looked like he’d lost a lot of weight and he was in the gym last week and he looks even better - he looks like he’s lost a little bit more.
“He’s looking razor sharp, his timing’s good, his weight’s down. I think Tyson Fury would be the man to beat.
“Some of the stuff he’s been doing in the gym has been breathtaking to be honest with you so I’d like to see him and Anthony Joshua.”
When asked who he would back in an all-British contest between the two, Hatton replied: “I’d have Fury, yeah. I think his movement… he can’t stop messing about - he’s southpaw, he’s orthodox, his hands are down, his hands are up, he’s switching.
“Which looks like he’s messing about but it’s very clever; it must drive his opponents insane.
“All he needs is for him to do that against Anthony and Anthony to fall short with one and bring one up and there’s a good chance of that.”
It’s crazy to see so much hype surrounding a boxer who hasn’t fought since 2015.
Joshua will have eyes only for Joseph Parker right now, and perhaps Deontay Wilder after that.
But it's impossible for him to ignore Fury's comeback.
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