Tyson Fury is less than two months away from his long awaited return to boxing.
Almost three years have passed since the lineal champions last stepped between the hopes and that historic victory over Wladimir Klitschko nows cuts a distant memory. Nevertheless, after all the weight shedding and fighting talk, Fury has finally confirmed his return and June 9 is the date.
However, there's one catch and that's the lack of an opponent for Fury.
Of course, there is no threat of the show being cancelled with the lineal crown on the line and a potential career-defitining purse meaning they'll be a long queue of suitors.
Exactly who Frank Warren and Fury will select for the Manchester Arena bout, though, remains unknown.
Odds on Fury's next opponent
One way of judging is via the bookmakers and Betway were one of the first companies to release their odds on Fury's next opponents on Monday.
Spokesperson Alan Alger stated: “The boxing world has long been waiting for Tyson Fury to announce his comeback and now speculation has turned to who he will face on June 9.
“Dominic Breazeale and the ageing Alexander Ustinov are the 10/1 co-favourites to face him first in what must be a warm-up to bigger fights later on in the year."
Sefer Seferi emerges as favourite
However, there's a new favourite on the block and he's come from absolutely nowhere.
Kevin Johnson and Gary Cornish had been the favourites with SkyBet until Tuesday when, completely unexpectedly, Sefer Seferi came top of the pile.
At 7/4, the 39-year-old career cruiserweight could be a very obscure first opponent for Fury upon his return to the ring and there's no denying his selection would leave fight fans underwhelmed.
Seferi does boast a decent professional record of 23-1 but the sole defeat on his record just happens to be his only bout at heavyweight.
Admittedly, it was against the very accomplished WBA (Regular) champion Manuel Charr yet his unanimous decision defeat means very little.
Eddie Hearn could be proved right
If the bookmakers are correct, it would all but confirm the fears of Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn who warned that Fury was considering comeback opponents of a lower calibre than people expect.
"I was approached by his lawyer and his team. We had different ideas about the opponents and the level of the opponents he was going to come back to," Hearn revealed.
"I know he needs to come back with a couple of easy fights, but there's easy fights and then there's fights that I'm just going to get absolutely crucified for."
Warren might not be strung out on a cross for selecting Seferi, but such a match-up will tell us very little about the new and supposedly improved Fury.
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