Tyson Fury will make his boxing return at the end of this year when he takes to the ring on December 3, but his opponent is yet to be confirmed, although it appears a trilogy fight with Derek Chisora could be close to being confirmed.
A huge boxing showdown with Anthony Joshua was on the cards, with a British heavyweight clash for the ages, although AJ didn’t sign the contract within Fury’s deadline so it appears to be off.
He also wanted to fight Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight clash, although the Ukrainian wants to postpone that until 2023, with both Fury and Usyk wanting to go all out for the undisputed champion tag.
Usyk and Joshua went toe-to-toe in the ring twice, with the Ukrainian victorious on both occasions, with both bouts going the distance, with the judges dictating the outcome.
The second fight saw the Ring Magazine belt added to the haul for the winner, with Fury deciding to vacate it, with just the WBC title needed by Usyk to be undisputed, but The Gypsy King holds that, meaning a fight between the two would be huge.
After the second fight, Usyk called Fury out straight away for the mammoth fight, although we could be waiting until 2023 to see it happen.
In a recent interview, Fury has accused Usyk of not wanting to fight him in December this year as he needs to get in shape to fight The Gypsy King by taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
The Gypsy King stated: “They got offered the fight for December, they declined it and declined it again, and certain people were putting pressure on them to do a fight, make it happen, but they didn’t care, they’d rather lose the money than fight me.
“He’s got to go back into the wilderness and eat his little food that he does, wink wink, and come back when he’s a big strong boy to fight The Gypsy King.”
Video: Tyson Fury accuses Oleksandr Usyk of needing PEDs to beat him
Obviously it’s a huge claim from Fury, with Usyk never actually failing a drugs test before a fight, although if the pair were to step foot in the ring, Fury seems likely to be the overwhelming favourite, so it’s no surprise to see his confidence in this interview.
Derek Chisora will be looking to get his own back on The Gypsy King later this year if they go toe-to-toe with each other again, although he’ll need to raise his game considerably to match the level of Fury.