Tyson Fury: A shadowy figure is stalking Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury’s comeback has come and gone. Thousands packed into the Manchester Arena last weekend to see the ‘Gypsy King’ strut his stuff in a way that only he knows how.

Smiles, positivity and the power of the people behind him. Tyson Fury 2.0 is up and running. The laughter at the comedic elements of his fight against Sefer Seferi have died down. A spectacle, whichever way you look at, that had moments which would not have looked out of place in a Charlie Chaplin movie.

What did we expect? Before us stood a man, in Fury, who has literally battled back from the brink. Whatever you think of the 6’9″ lump of marmite, it is good to see him back doing what he loves, and not ballooned up to a weight that Homer Simpson tried to reach just to get out of working!

The magnitude of the event registered more on the heavyweight division richter scale than the fight itself. It kicked off a week of events in heavyweight boxing that saw the wheels turn once again in Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder and the overdue retirement of David Haye.

We learned nothing from Fury against Seferi. The jovialness of Fury on fight night was wiped away sporadically as the expressive 29-year-old snarled briefly, looking to put his man away. He toyed, he huffed, he puffed and broke the 39-year-old Albanian with prods and pokes rather than fire and… fury.

Joshua, Wilder, Tony Bellew, Dillian Whyte & co won’t have lost sleep. Nothing would have made them pause and think… seeing themselves wandering into a world where Fury beats any of them. What Fury has done, however, is knocked at their doors gently. They know he’s outside but they’re still expecting him to go away. His size and noise isn’t easily shifted. The giant’s knock will get louder with each passing win — so long as the opposition is stepped up, beginning at Windsor Park, Belfast on August 18.

From there this tale of triumph overcoming what could have been tragedy, and just getting in a ring and competing is a victory for Fury given his mental health issues over the years, will move on to an end of year fight where we might witness something resembling the man who toppled Wladimir Klitschko with incredible guile and self-belief to become heavyweight champion over two and a half years ago in Germany.

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The state of the heavyweight division is as it was before Fury received a rapturous reception inside and outside the Manchester Arena on Saturday. This is potentially Fury’s Everest with Joshua and Wilder – his primary targets – having scaled large parts of it already. Fury has been up this mountain before. Klitschko stood almost invincible at the top in 2015 before he slipped, stumbled and was left wondering what happened to him.

Expect the unexpected with Tyson Fury. A maverick. A pest. A loveable rogue. A man whose heart seems to be in the right place. Expect more ups and downs, and expect a journey that will be memorable whichever direction it travels.

Joshua and Wilder have business to tend to. Whyte and Joseph Parker, likewise. Bellew has retired Haye and waits in the wings for Fury. He may have to wait until next year. The supporting cast of Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin, Bryant Jennings and Jarrell Miller will get their bite at some point.
No-one’s looking over their shoulder.

Fury remains a shadowy figure in the distance. Time will tell if he emerges fully from the darkness and into the light where he belongs.

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