Ten realistic opponents for Tyson Fury’s potential 2017 comeback
Speculation has quickly mounted as to who could be in the opposite corner for the imminent return of former world heavyweight ruler Tyson Fury.
Fury is set for a British Board hearing in early May as the 28 year-old bids for a May 13 comeback, although the chances of a fight actually taking place on that date are said to be slim.
It’s far more likely Fury would have his license issues and UKAD situation worked out by the summer, whilst of a potential world title fight straight off the bat seems a non-starter.
Following an 18-month plus absence (by that time), Fury would need to feel his way back into action and participate in a warm-up or two to blow off the cobwebs of inactivity and lack of focus.
The likes of Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua or even a rematch with Klitschko would potentially be harmful to Fury’s career at this stage and the options below would be a much better fit in order to regain fitness, along with a foothold in the rankings.
At 30 years old and with a decent WBA rating to his name, Fedosov would be a good early chance for Fury to score a knockout after California-based Russian recently went down in six rounds to former world title challenger Bryant Jennings.
The pair have fought before when Fury stopped Hammer in eight rounds back in 2015, and after the German’s win over David Price, any contest would take on a new significance as the 29 year-old holds a position with the relevant organisations.
‘The Drummer Boy’ was pummelled by Anthony Joshua in late 2016 and would be a good yardstick to see how far off that level Fury has drifted since his exile.
Similar to the Molina situation, ex-world champion Martin is looking for a return to the big time since being blown out by ‘AJ’ in 2016.
Another former Joshua foe known to the British public who has since made it back to form with a stoppage win over Izu Ugonoh. Breazeale’s fight stole the show on the Deontay Wilder v Gerald Washington bill and would be a perfect scalp for Fury to secure, potentially on his way to another world title shot.
Having already beaten Chisora, Fury would be a huge favorite to win, whilst having two previous victories over ‘Del Boy’ to draw from for a trilogy offering.
Whyte has quickly positioned himself as the number two British heavyweight behind Joshua in the absence of Fury and would be as entertaining at the press conferences as he would be on fight night.
The big Finn is two fights into a comeback of his own after losing to Johann Duhaupas shockingly in April 2016 and would be a meeting of two giants that could help Fury in later bouts.
Duhaupas has made it no secret that we wants to face the bigger names, and after being KO’d by Alexander Povetkin at late notice, would be hungry to impress against Fury.
Always up for a fight, Allen would be one of only a handful of UK fighters that could strike up the necessary interest to make a clash with Fury a reality.