Pictured: Ex-champ Tyson Fury begins training for comeback
Tyson Fury has begun the long road back to fitness after admitting he now weighs a whopping 25 stone (350lbs) following a long layoff.
The 28 year-old decided to step away from boxing due to drug, alcohol and mental issues but is ready to return after almost a year and a half out.
Initially eyeing a May 13 date which may not be possible because of red tape with the UK Boxing Board, Fury hopes to be an active influence in the sport as soon as possible.
Updating on his recovery, Fury also had a dig at those media publications being negative regarding his excess poundage.
“I’m starting a fresh start, letting go of the past and concentrating on the future. (I’ve) got to keep moving forwards,” said Fury.
“I’ve moved on from the dark and scary place I’ve been living. If I can beat depression then I can beat anything. The hardest fight of my life!
“Talk about being a fat man. I’m 25 stones or 350lbs, but getting the weight off has never been a problem. Ask (trainer and uncle) Peter Fury (as) we (have) done it 24 times.”
Upon posting the message on social media, Fury then went out for a run and seems a happier more positive individual ahead of his anticipated return to the ring.
In an article this week, WBN speculated as to which opponent could be in the opposite corner as unlikely rumours of bouts with Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko or Tony Bellew continue.
Fury may need one or two contests to shake off the ring rust and find his feet again and WBN has listed ten realistic foes who would be perfect for the job at hand.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay