Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury revealed his next fight date via social media on Saturday and confirmed his plan that the upcoming event was to be his London homecoming bout.
“Hi, this is Tyson Fury, aka The Gypsy King. And, just like to announce that I’m definitely fighting December the 5th in London in the UK. Opponent to be announced very, very soon. Just working on some opponents. Let you all know who it’s gonna be shortly. Watch this space. Return of the mac.”
You can watch the video of Fury’s “big announcement” below.
Fury will return to the boxing ring on December 5 in London for the first time since trouncing Deontay Wilder back in February in a title unification bout.
While Fury’s next opponent has not yet been revealed, former title challenger Carlos Takam has emerged as the most likely candidate for the fight.
Fury is one of boxing’s biggest superstars, but he hasn’t fought since the pandemic began.
His return to the ring is vital to the sport of boxing as the year closes.
Fury Receives High Praise From MMA Champ
In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, undefeated MMA champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doled out high praise for boxing’s lineal heavyweight champion ahead of his own high-level fight at UFC 254 against a stalwart opponent, Justin Gaethje.
Khabib asks, “Tyson Fury … Why he become big?”
The UFC star continued, “He take fight Klitschko–he beat him. … Then he fight Wilder–draw. Then again he fight Wilder … but he come and smash him … dominate him.”
“That’s why he become big. You have to take challenge,” the UFC lightweight champion concluded.
Fury Could Be On Way to Securing Biggest Fight in Boxing
Fury, 32, is boxing’s WBC, The Ring, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and lineal heavyweight champion. He was thought to be on the way to a contractually obligated rematch with Wilder before that fight passed by during the pandemic.
Now, Fury is planning to make a title defense at the end of this year in order to set up a massive fight against unified champ Anthony Joshua.
Fury vs. Joshua is one of the biggest and most hotly anticipated fights that can be made in boxing.
Joshua is also on his way to defending his titles before the end of the year. The 31-year-old is set to fight former title challenge Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Assuming both Fury and Joshua win their next bouts (both will be heavy favorites on the betting market), Fury vs. Joshua could happen during the early part of next year.
The winner of that fight would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis accomplished the feat 20 years ago.
For more information about how all that works, read Heavy’s complete guide to pro boxing’s championship system.
‘Biggest Fight Ever in British Boxing’?
Fury vs. Joshua has been tabbed by some as the “biggest fight ever in British boxing” because it would be the first time two fighters from England would battle it out to become boxing’s undisputed heavyweight champion.
Indeed, it took almost a full century for Lennox Lewis to become the next heavyweight champion to hail from Great Britain after Bob Fitzsimmons accomplished the feat in 1897.
Lewis picked up his first belt in 1992. By 1999, Lewis had claimed all three major championship belts offered by the WBA, WBC and IBF.
So two fighters from the birthplace of modern boxing duking it out for the most coveted prize in boxing would be a massive spectacle unlike any in history.
Fury and Joshua have to win their next fights to help make it happen, but the path is now clearer than ever before.
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