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Tyson Fury has not fought since last November’s loss to Wladimir Klitschko. After the bout, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said he was attempting to get the British fighter into the ring within the first half of 2017.
Fury has now confirmed that his comeback, during which he will fight “straight away,” will come after a comeback bout against American boxer Dillian Whyte. He made the comments to the Croydon Advertiser.
“When I say the belt of the WBA will be defended on February 3, (that will be against) Dillian Whyte,” Fury said. “I’ve always said that if Dillian is a man and fights me, then it’s a win-win, everyone wins. I will walk out of the ring on the 3rd of February or March with the WBA heavyweight title and I’ll be the man.”
Fighting for the heavyweight world title
But whyte isn’t the only man that the undefeated Fury wants to face.
“A fight with Anthony Joshua is a must,” he said. “He needs to be fought if he wants to be the man. He’s arrogant, he pretends he’s bigger than everyone. It’s why I want to fight him, to prove to everyone he’s not that person.”
“It would be an honor to fight Joshua and I’d love to take his titles,” Fury added. “If I don’t get Anthony Joshua, if I have to go after (Deontay) Wilder or Hughie Fury, then I’ll fight them.”
The heavyweight boxing landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, with controversial champion Tyson Fury losing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Wladimir Klitschko on November 27 2016.
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However, his appearance in court in June 2017 to admit his part in a probe into drugs and alcohol abuse has triggered rumors that his return to the ring is imminent.
Born into a Traveller family in Croydon, south London, Fury’s was a meteoric rise through the ranks of British boxing. He won gold at the 2008 Olympics as a 19-year-old and claimed the British title at 20. In July 2013, he claimed his first world title, winning the WBO belt by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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He was stripped of the belt when he failed to defend it in October 2015. The delay in his return to the ring has been blamed on a finger injury and illness, as well as difficulty coming to terms with his defeat to Klitschko.
In 2015, Fury adopted the Christian faith and appointed Sam Rasoul, a U.S.-based pastor, as his spiritual adviser. He converted to Islam in 2016, becoming the first British boxer to do so. His rise to international fame coincided with the spreading of Islam in Europe.
Fury was subjected to death threats on social media following his loss to Klitschko, but he is staunchly anti-semitic and has accused Jewish people of controlling world governments.