Frank Warren and Bob Arum lift lid on plans for Tyson Fury to return to boxing


Tyson Fury could yet return to defend his heavyweight world titles (Picture: Getty Images)

Tyson Fury wants to fight again and his promoter is hoping to match him up against Oleksandr Usyk in the coming months, despite the Gypsy King’s claim that he retired after beating Dillian Whyte in June.

The 33-year-old took his professional record to 32-0-1 with his TKO win over Whyte at Wembley and defended his WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles in the process.

He then announced his retirement, although chose not to relinquish his belts until he was forced to, in a clear sign that he was likely to defend them again.

Unsurprisingly there is already talk that he could return to the ring pretty soon, with his UK promoter, Frank Warren, saying that Fury is keen to get back in the ring.

However, he said plans will depend on what happens when Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua rematch on 20 August, when the Ukrainian tries to beat AJ for a second time and hang onto the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight straps.

‘[Fury] has got itchy feet at the moment, he wants to fight,’ Warren told talkSPORT.

‘I think what’s going to happen is, see what happens on 20 [August] and the outcome of that, and that’ll determine what he intends to do in the future.

Usyk v Joshua 2 Press Conference

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua meet for the second time this month (Picture: Getty Images)

‘My opinion – this is not from him, it’s from me: I think he will [return], because he’s a fighting man and he misses it. That’s what he does, he wants to fight.

‘I don’t want him to retire and come back in three years. If he’s going to retire, don’t come back. If you’re going to come back, fight in your prime. Three years later you change. I genuinely don’t think he’s at his peak yet.’

While Warren was somewhat vague about how the Usyk vs Joshua fight would impact plans, Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has stated that the team want the Ukrainian to win and the Gypsy King to face him for all the belts.

In fact, the two sets of representatives have already spoken and a fight would be in the offing for the end of this year or start of 2023.

‘I’ll let you know in a few weeks when the Usyk vs Joshua fight takes place,’ Arum told the Barbershop Conversations.

‘I’m hoping that Usyk wins because I’ve talked with his people, and I think they would be anxious to fight Tyson Fury and I would hope to do that fight in December maybe or early next year.’

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