The supposed return of Tyson Fury to boxing has taken well over two years. His return to a boxing ring may well take longer, or it might not happen at all. However Fury is nothing if not the king of getting the media, most notably social media, into a frenzy and everyone seems to have an opinion on him and what he should do next.
He has stated on many occasions lately via his social media outlets that he wants Anthony Joshua next. Not next month or next phase of the moon, but the very next fight. His comeback fight in fact. A great many think this to be a good idea, after all Fury beat “the man” (Klitschko) in his own back yard after ten years of dominance, and won the IBF, WBA, WBO, Ring Magazine and Lineal titles through a masterclass (I’ll come back to that), only to see him stripped of it all bar, the supposed most important title of all.
Tyson Fury is still the Lineal Champion of the World and this is the thread/hope his supporters and himself cling to. The fact that he won it over two years ago, hasn’t come close to fighting since, has had some personal issues, served a ban and ballooned in weight to twenty-five stone, seems to mean nothing at all and is totally irrelevant.
Is it right that a man can be lineal champion, not fight for over two years, announce his retirement at least three times in that time span and still be the lineal champ? I suggest not. Quite a few others vehemently disagree with me. Fury is the king and will be forever, comes the main chorus from that choir.
The world has turned a few times in the last twenty-six or so months, perhaps it has stood still for some and gone backwards for others…
In fairness to Joshua, he has remained fairly quiet on the subject of fighting Fury anytime soon until earlier today in the Daily Mail, when he said of the proposed fight:
“That’s more of a fantasy at the moment. It’s just that he’s not fit and he hasn’t had a fight. The ball is in his court. We’ve stayed consistent, we’ve defended the titles, we’ve won and we’ve captured more titles. If Fury was still fit, we would probably be talking about Fury for March.”
Of course this is already being called a duck by the Fury camp and his supporters, with Fury replying on social media:
“Just seen Anthony Joshua trying to play my challenge down saying I’ve not had a fight & not fit! I’m ready for this summer, don’t shit yourself now it’s been put on you!? When your [sic] the lineal champion in your division your [sic] number 1 even without alphabet titles. The truth. So whatever people want to say it will be AJ challenging me for my status!!! THE LINEAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. & RING MAGAZINE HOLDER.”
The fact Joshua is almost certain to sign for the Parker unification shortly after weeks of negotiations will again mean nothing. David Higgins from Duco is flying over to the U.K. this week, so the deal is as good as done. Team Fury followers will be whipped up into a frenzy and Joshua will again be seen as a coward and the lesser champion.
Some would argue that Joshua already has the better legacy over Fury however, perhaps that’s a discussion for another time.
The highlight (and it was some highlight) of Fury’s career was clearly beating Klitschko to take all those titles, however, it was not the masterclass, schooling or beating that many would like us to think. Fury actually landed a punch on Klitschko less than 90 times in the whole of the 12 rounds, or 36 minutes.
Let that sink in for a second.
Less than ninety times in the whole of the twelve rounds. That is just over seven punches a round…seven punches in three minutes.
So with that in mind, let’s get away from the nonsense thoughts of a masterclass and even “Ali-esque”, as quoted by some. It was spoiling tactics against an ageing champion. To be fair, those were tactics that won the fight and titles, however, and whilst there were many euphoric roars from the British media/public at the time, as people have looked back at it since then, especially since the Joshua vs Klitschko fight was given Fight of the Year, those roars have become more like whimpers.
Tyson is no longer trained by his uncle Peter and is now instead trained by the very capable Ben Davison. The split from Peter shocked a lot of the boxing world, certainly within the U.K. Perhaps it could be the best for Tyson. A completely fresh start as it were.
All that seems to be missing from Tyson’s armoury now is a promoter capable of matching his potential ability and his persona with some big money fights. I can only think that Hearn or perhaps Warren in the U.K. are the only two big enough for the Fury ego. Warren has already tried to tame him before, but wasn’t able to. Hearn may relish the challenge, whilst the old friend of the family (Mick Hennessey) is not going to be able to promote Tyson Fury on YouTube.
Perhaps a potential link up with Hearn led to the split with Peter Fury.
Kubrat Pulev has been out of the limelight since having to pull out of the Joshua fight through a shoulder injury. There is a strong possibility he could be the first defence for Manuel Charr’s WBA “regular” title.
Tyson Fury could do worse than fighting David Price as a comeback fight and then fighting the winner of Pulev vs Charr. He needs to get rid of the rust and there will be plenty. Win those two fights and it’s an easy way for him to get a ranking and a sure-fire way to build a future huge money and more legitimate fight against Joshua or even Wilder.
Whatever the future holds for Tyson Fury, I hope he has now beaten his personal issues and can focus on the rest of his career.
Love him or loathe him, the world heavyweight scene is a hell of a lot more interesting with Fury involved.