The Gypsy King Returns: Props and Picks For Tyson Fury

  • Tyson Fury is stepping back into the ring after a two-year hiatus!
  • The Gypsy King plans to fight on June 9th in Manchester, but has not settled on an opponent
  • Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder currently dominate the heavyweight division; will Fury reclaim his place on top?

Ok, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Tyson Fury is planning a comeback.

Yep, that’s right. The Gypsy King has, once again, announced his return to boxing after a two-year layoff. However, this time it appears to be more than just gossip and speculation. The date and location has been booked —  June 9th in Manchester — though we’re still waiting on the opponent.

Fury put an abrupt end to the decade-long Klitschko Era, beating the man to become the man. But the Fury Era was over before it even began. The undefeated, undisputed heavyweight king was brought to his knees by drug addiction and depression, and had to step away from the sport.

As the 29-year-old readies himself for his highly anticipated return, let’s consider some props. Who will he face? How will he fare against the new crop of heavyweights? Will he reclaim his place at the top of heavyweight boxing? Let’s check in with the numbers.

Over/Under on Number of Fights Before He Challenges for a World Title: 2.5

At 29 years old, Tyson Fury still has a lot of time to claw his way back to the top. There’s no need to rush into a fight against Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua, especially straight after shedding 100 lbs of fat and two years of ring rust.

Having said that, a fight against Anthony Joshua is where the money is and Fury may choose to take advantage of the moment. Having the old king of heavyweight boxing go toe-to-toe with the new king in an all-British showdown would guarantee millions upon millions. We have two charismatic, undefeated champions ready to put everything on the line. If they wait too long, the opportunity might pass them by.

Odds on His Next Opponent

  • David Price: 4/1
  • Dillian Whyte: 5/1
  • Dereck Chisora: 5/1
  • Shannon Briggs: 7/1
  • Alexander Povetkin: 9/1
  • Carlos Takam: 9/1
  • Lucas Browne: 13/1
  • Tony Bellew: 20/1
  • David Haye: 20/1

In all likelihood, Fury’s return fight will be a tune-up fight. Despite that, it’ll still be a huge moment in British boxing and should be a huge PPV event. Team Fury will look to milk as much as they can from the comeback fight, while mitigating as much risk as possible. The best way to do that is to throw him against another British fighter.

David Price, who faced Alexander Povetkin last month in a horrible mismatch, could be called upon for another tough fight.

A fight against Price would be a nice way to ease back into the sport, while still catching the attention of British fans. Same goes for Dereck Chisora, who Fury has already twice defeated.

If Fury is ready to dive straight back into the deep end, Dillian Whyte would make for a challenging opponent. Whyte recently demolished Lucas Browne to retain the WBC Silver title, and his only professional loss is to Anthony Joshua.

Then there’s Tony Bellew and David Haye, both of whom fit the bill but are already booked to fight each other in May.

Shannon Briggs is another name that springs to mind. The 46-year-old two-time heavyweight champ hasn’t fought since his six-month ban following a failed drug test, and a double-comeback fight would be a great spectacle.

Anthony Joshua (L) and Wladimir Klitschko (R) after one of the best fights of the year.
Anthony Joshua (L) and Wladimir Klitschko (R) after one of the best fights of the year. (Photo: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (Flickr) [CC License].)
Two names currently dominate heavyweight boxing: Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. If Tyson Fury is going to become the lineal champ once again, he’ll have to beat at least one of them. How would he stack up?

Tyson Fury (11/8) vs Anthony Joshua (4/5)

A fight against AJ is where the hype is, and is obviously the money fight, but it’s also arguably the tougher match-up. The 2012 gold medalist is a very measured and technically proficient fighter, much like Fury. He has knockout power, but he’s also quite patient. Fury spent the better part of the last two years extremely overweight, and so it’s unlikely AJ’s cardio issues will be a greater problem than Fury’s.

We’ll have a much better idea of where Fury is in his career after his upcoming fight, but for now it seems AJ has a clear edge over 2 Fast.

Tyson Fury (1/1) vs Deontay Wilder (11/10)

Deontay Wilder is the wildcard of heavyweight boxing. Depending on your opinion of him, his technique is either unorthodox or just plain bad. He relies heavily on his power, throwing 1-2 combinations until he connects. He often leaves himself exposed, over-commits a lot of his punches, and is constantly headhunting. But he gets results. No matter what you think of his style, he’s defeated every opponent placed in front of him.

Fury is, by a long shot, the more complete fighter. We can never rule out a Wilder knockout, but there will come a time when the Bronze Bomber will have to out-work and out-box his opponent. Unless he makes some drastic improvements, he’s poorly equipped to face Fury.