At the start of the New Year, there’s that classic tradition of beginning January with a New Years resolution. On the top of that list for UK boxing fans is for a heavyweight showdown between two undefeated men.
The first being Britain’s reigning, undefeated, WBA, IBF and IBO champion of the world, Anthony Joshua. And the other, the man who beat the man, to open up the heavyweight division, Tyson ‘2 Fast’ Fury.
Having resolved previous issues with UKAD and BBBofC, Fury has finally been allowed to return to the ring after more than two years since he outwitted Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.
Ben Davison, Fury’s new trainer, is relishing a huge year ahead for the Ring Magazine champion and lifted the lid on why the Joshua fight is top of the list.
“He’s on his way back, it’s for everyone to see. He’s in a good place, he’s happy and is on the right tracks. He will be coming back with a big bang in 2018, with a return in April or May," Davison exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Tyson genuinely does believe Anthony Joshua will get beat if he carries on the path he’s going, and Tyson obviously doesn’t want that because it’s a very big fight.
"Fury’s not boxing out of desperately, he’s got money, a lovely family and is enjoying his training so there is no rush. He’ll work to what suits him.
"He wants the big showdown everybody wants and just doesn’t want Joshua to get beaten in the meantime.”
Asked on whether the pair could face off in the summer, Davison replied, “It’s a possibility.”
He added: “A big fight like that is more than just two fighters wanting to fight each other. You have to find the suitable venue, you have to come to agreement on terms and conditions, it’s not simple, it takes a lot of business.
“If it can be done, I’m sure it will be done. The whole world wants to see it, I’m sure Joshua wants the fight, Tyson clearly wants the fight so I’m sure if everyone is sensible then we’ll get that fight.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95