Way back in 2015, Tyson Fury rose to the top of the heavyweight boxing rankings with a tremendous win over the eternally dominant Wladimir Klitschko. Coming into the big fight on November 28, 2015, the burly Englishman had appeared to be nothing but a very large brawler in fights gone by, but against the long-reigning world champion, he showed discipline, tactical nuance, and the ability to bring down the best in the division over 12 rounds.

Unfortunately for Fury, as was the folly of Icarus, he came crashing back down to earth after achieving these great feats. Following online and public rants, having his IBF world title stripped from him for declining a mandatory defense, and then finally having his license revoked for doping, thus losing the other two major world titles, Fury was banned from boxing.

Over the last two years, one of the big and somewhat confusing stories that has run in the background has been Fury’s battle to be reinstated. Then, on December 12, 2017, Fury accepted a backdated two-year suspension, which has now expired, so that he can apply to box once again.

Even though Fury has been out of the sport for over two years, he’s been able to keep in the public eye through his battle with the British Boxing Board of Control as well as his social media activity – which mostly involves calling out world champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. With Fury’s return just on the horizon, potentially, people have started to eye up the 6’9’’ Mancunian as an opponent for the unified heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua.

Already a lot of buzz about Joshua vs. Fury

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Anthony Joshua, who holds three of the four world titles that Fury lost following his win over Klitschko, has bigger plans than Fury. He’s edging ever-closer to fighting WBO world champion – another of Fury’s former belts – Joseph Parker at the beginning of 2018. The BBBofC won’t give Fury his hearing until January next year, and given his well-reported lack of fitness, Fury wouldn’t be ready for a fight until the middle of 2018 at the earliest.

However, despite Joshua wanting all of the world heavyweight titles by the end of 2018, Tyson Fury comes in as the bigger fight in the eyes of the fans. Despite Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker holding world titles, Fury comes in at the closest contender to Joshua in the boxing betting odds at 5/4 to win.

You can understand why Fury feels entitled to be able to fight for his former belts as soon as possible, and why the fans want to see the two massive Englishmen in a showdown following their performances against former unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko, but he should have to earn it first.

Fury may have to wait for 2019

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He’ll have to put in a lot of work given that he’s claimed to be at around 25 stone – a good seven stone heavier than Joshua was against Carlos Takam – but Fury could be looking at a comeback fight before the end of 2018. But from there, he should have to take on a few more fights to give himself strong standing with one of the governing bodies that align with Joshua’s world champion status.

Tyson Fury was a unified world champion over two years ago but hasn’t boxed since. He certainly hasn’t continued to stay in shape, hasn’t exactly been a model sportsmen with his outspoken nature coming to the fore regularly, and was booted from the sport for doping. The big Brit should have to build his way back up to relevance again, but given his obvious talent, he should be in the running for a world title shot before the end of 2019. 

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