Tyson Fury has outlined his immediate plan for 2018 as the former world champion bids to land a world title shot against UK rival Anthony Joshua.
The 28 year-old has been out of action since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2016 and has well-documented hurdles to manoeuvre in order to fight again soon.
Fresh on the back of promoter Eddie Hearn offering to help Fury smooth things over with the British Boxing Board of Control, the ex-king flew over to Monte Carlo to take in the latest Matchroom show.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports at the weigh-in, Fury stated he could be ready by June or July despite being massively and obviously well over fighting weight.
“I’ve had two years out of the ring. Fat as a pig, hairy as an animal, but still as hungry as a lion,” Fury explained to Andy Scott.
“You have two years out of the ring and it gives you that va-va-voom to get back in there and bust a few heads.
“Do I need that many warm-ups? I don’t think so. Am I a 40-year-old? No, I’m 29. Still got a long time in boxing. I’m just so happy and excited to potentially be a part of one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
“People say, why do you think it’s that? I’m saying it because two unbeaten heavyweights, one unified champion, one lineal champion, both over six foot six tall, both over 18 stone.
“One nice guy, one bad man – it is what it is. I think the public are going to relish the thoughts of making this fight happen.”
On being ready by the next seven or eight months, Fury added: “I think next summer is ideal and realistic. I’m not going to do it in February or March, because obviously I’m not in shape. But I’ll be back in shape by the time of March, April comes around.
“Back ripped, looking sexy as ever. A couple of sun beds, a haircut and a shave, I’ll be back to my old self,” he joked.
Joshua has mandatory defenses with the WBA and IBF to deal with but should be able to use his voluntary to face Fury if everything works out over the next few months.
Should Fury not hold up his end of the bargain, Joshua could then turn to an already discussed clash with the winner of a triangle between Joseph Parker, Tony Bellew and David Haye.