After beating Wladimir Klitschko in late 2015, Tyson Fury claimed the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles, and became the new king of the heavyweight division. But Fury was deemed “medically unfit” for his rematch against Klitschko and was forced to abandon his titles. He’s since taken a break from boxing, citing depression and drug problems.
But a recent tweet by Fury claiming “massive news” is about to break has left many fans wondering if the champ is finally returning to the ring.
Morning all, massive news coming up shortly! Keep posted!!!!??????
— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) March 6, 2017
When he does return to the sport, his first fight will be a huge draw. But who will it be against? Here are the odds.
Odds to be Tyson Fury’s next opponent
Wladimir Klitschko (64-4): 3/1
The Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko II rematch was highly anticipated by fight fans. The result of the first bout was a massive shock, after all; Fury ended Klitschko’s decade-long reign over the heavyweight division in 2015. When Fury returns, it only makes sense to pick up where he left off. Klitschko will be looking to restart the “Klitschko era”, and Fury will be seeking to reclaim the titles he abandoned.
Anthony Johnson (18-0): 17/3
Klitschko’s next opponent is Olympic gold medalist Anthony Johnson. The two will square off in April and, if Johnson is able to stay unbeaten, he’ll be the man to beat in the heavyweight division.
By the time Fury decides to re-enter the ring, we could be into the “Johnson era”.
Deontay Wilder (38-0): 17/3
The WBC heavyweight champion has ended 37 of his 38 fights byKO, making him arguably the greatest knockout artist in the sport today. Fury offered to fight Wilder after his match-up with Andrzej Wawrzyk fell through, but the fight never materialized. After Wilder’s vicious knockout of Artur Szpilka, Fury entered the ring to call him out.
This would be a great fight and fans would tune-in in droves to see it.
Joseph Parker (22-0): 19/1
Parker’s next opponent is Hughie Fury, Tyson’s 22-year-old cousin, who has an impressive unbeaten record of his own (20-0). The two will fight for Parker’s WBO belt, which he claimed after Tyson Fury vacated the title.
If Parker beats Hughie, Tyson will have to go through him in order to reclaim the coveted WBO title.
Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-1): 50/1
After Fury vacated the WBO title, Ruiz Jr. got a shot at the belt, but fell to Parker and suffered his first professional defeat in the process. A fight between Fury and Ruiz Jr. would be an interesting bout, but given the other names available in the heavyweight division, this one seems pretty unlikely.
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