By the time that Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko step into the ring at Wembley Stadium to quarrel over two fragments of the world heavyweight title on April 29th of next year, Tyson Fury, still the division’s lineal king in the eyes of most observers, may have already made his return to action.
That’s according to Fury’s uncle and trainer, Peter.
“As we speak now, he is with his brother and he’s with his father and he’s training every day,” Peter recently told 4c Sports Media. “He’s running, he’s training and he’s asking when I’m back in the gym. So he’s going to be back. Expect Tyson in the ring around April/May next year – he’ll be back. He’ll be back stronger, positive-minded. He has not lost anything really.”
“Tyson Fury is the best heavyweight in the world and people haven’t seen the last of him.”
Fury won the IBF, WBO and WBA ‘Super’ heavyweight titles when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf last November. Shortly thereafter, he was ridiculously stripped of the IBF belt for agreeing to a rematch with Klitschko instead of signing to fight the governing body’s mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov. That belt would eventually find it’s way into Joshua’s heavy hands.
Fury vs Klitschko 2 never materialised, however. Fury withdrew from a July date citing an ankle injury and the troubled champion was pulled from an October date after being “declared medically unfit to fight”.
Seemingly on the verge of being stripped of the WBO and WBA titles due to inactivity, Fury instead decided to vacate in October.
New Zealand’s Joseph Parker scooped the vacant WBO belt with a majority decision win over Andy Ruiz Jr. a couple of weeks back in Aukland, while the WBA sanctioned Joshua vs Klitschko for it’s vacant and ludicrously named ‘Super’ title.
Unsurprisingly, Peter Fury backed his man to return and gather those titles once again. However, he doesn’t see Tyson stepping straight back into contention for any of the alphabet belts.
“He’s coming back to not only get the belts, but to prove that he is the only heavyweight in the world,” said Peter.“He is coming back with a vengeance and I expect that late on next year or the early part of the year after, he will be back fighting for the belts again. He’ll have a couple of fights – two or three fights – and he’ll be back fighting for the belts.”
If Fury does make a comeback, some really big fights await him. A bout against the winner of Joshua vs Klitschko would be massive, as would a showdown with WBC claimant Deontay Wilder.
It’s the latter bout that Peter says he would most like to see, though.
“Personally, for me, I’d like to see Tyson fight Wilder,” said the coach. “I think that’s a massive fight across the pond. I think with the two of them, the way they speak and the way they go at it and they are two colossal-sized giants aren’t they? I think they are well matched. I think that would turn into a super fight. So, I’d like to see Tyson face Wilder. That’s a fight we want anyway. So, hopefully Wilder stays undefeated and towards the end of next year we’d like to try make that fight.”
At present, the heavyweight division is as interesting as it has been in a couple of decades and the return of a focused, in-form Fury would make things even more exciting.