Tyson Fury is currently out of action with him sidelined with personal problems, but that’s not stopping WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder from talking about him still wanting to fight the 6’9” British heavyweight Wilder says the two of them built up their fight together too long for the fight not to still take place. Wilder expects Fury, 28, to return to boxing in the future, and when he does, he wants to fight him.
Fury’s trainer John Fury believes that he’ll be back inside the ring in 2017 in looking to ramp up to go after all of his world titles that he recently vacated or had stripped from him. Wilder might not be the first choice for Fury when he does come back. He’s likely going to want to take some tune-ups before going after IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
Wilder said this to skysports.com about a fight against Fury:
“I look forward to the return of Tyson Fury because we didn’t promote that fight all year for nothing, trust me,” said Wilder. “That one’s got to happen, whether he’s got a belt or not. You’ve got to be a certain type of character sometimes. But sometimes guys will build a certain type of character, and then they can’t shut it off. You’ve got to know how to turn that switch off.”
Wilder is trying to get ready to make a ring return in 2017 after suffering a bad arm injury last July in his 8th round stoppage win over Chris Arreola. There’s a possibility that Wilder could fight on February 25 against Hughie Fury, the cousin of Fury. That would be a strategic chess move on Wilder’s part if he took on the 22-year-old Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs), because it might lead to Tyson wanting to fight Wilder if he beats Hughie. It would be hard to give Hughie much of a chance against Wilder because he’s not a puncher.
Tyson is going to need to take off a lot of weight if he comes back to boxing. He’s gotten really fat since his last fight in November 2015 against Wladimir Klitschko. The kind of weight that Fury has put on will take a lot of time to burn off, and it remains to be seen whether he can take it all off.
Fury is probably going to go in another direction from Wilder when he returns to the ring. Fury can make more money fighting a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko and facing the likes of Anthony Joshua than he can fighting Wilder.