Sunday 23 July 2017

'I want Mr. Muscles' - Tyson Fury targeting April 2018 bout with Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury attends Terry Flanagan's public workout at The Printworks on April 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury attends Terry Flanagan's public workout at The Printworks on April 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Former WBA Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is targeting a return to the ring this summer with a view of fighting IBO Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in April 2018.

Fury, who is scheduled to attend a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) hearing on Monday, in relation to testing positive for cocaine use last September, will not have his British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) license reinstated until his pending case with UKAD has been settled.

The 28-year-old is currently prohibited from fighting professionally in the UK but he jokingly told boxing website britishboxers.co.uk on Friday that he would make UKAD an 'offer they can't refuse' ahead of the hearing.

Fury is confident that he will have his boxing license reinstated by the BBBC and has already targeted a return to the ring for July, despite currently weighing a reported 350lbs (158 kilograms), over 100 pounds heavier than the weight he weighed in at prior to his November 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko.

"ll be back on the July 8 Copper Box show headlined by Billy Joe Saunders against Danny DeVito [Avtandil Khurtsidze, presumably]," said Fury.

"I’ll have a few comeback fights, two or three, while I’m waiting for Joshua. There’s no money in anybody else, I want ‘Mr Muscles’.

“I can be the best Tyson Fury again, it didn’t slip away, I just couldn’t be bothered no more, it was s*** and I didn’t value it, but now there’s £30m involved.

"I was a shadow of my former glory but now I’m on my way back. With me and Joshua, one looks the part, one is the part.”

Fury has spent the last few weeks training out in Marbella with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.

Fury and Saunders have been training out of the renowned MTK Gym where the pair have been running together, doing circuits, padwork and some sparring.

Fury claims he has dropped 20Ilbs during his time in Spain, and while he started hitting the pads again for the first time in over a year last month, he's been keeping a keen eye on Joshua, particularly the Londoner's recent win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last weekend.

“I thought Joshua was getting knocked out in the fifth round, I was almost crying, I thought he was gonna cost me 20 or 30 million quid,” added Fury.

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