It wasn’t slick, it wasn’t vintage but Tyson Fury is finally back where he belongs. The uncrowned heavyweight champion defeated Sefer Seferi within four rounds but the real victory was the ‘Gypsy Kings’ return to the ring in Manchester.
At one point, it never looked like Fury would beat his battle with severe depression let alone lacing up a pair of gloves again. And Ben Davison deserves a huge amount of credit for Fury’s incredible 110lb weight-loss prior to his return after 1,000-day exile since his last bout which saw the Brit produce a boxing masterclass to beat Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.
With Fury preparing to return on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s Belfast bonanza at Windsor Park in August, here’s a potential four opponents required for the 29-year-old before he commences battle with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder.
1) Robert Helenus
His next fight will need to be a step up in class and durability so it would make sense for the Mancunian to fight Robert Helenus.
He made it obvious in Manchester of his desire to fight someone taller and the Fin ticks all the boxes.
Standing at 6’ 6 ½’ and a reach of 201cm, the Fin has only tasted defeat twice and displayed his resilience as he went the distance with Dillian Whyte last year in Cardiff.
2) Shannon Briggs
Despite being at the ripe age of 46, Briggs would be an entertaining option for Fury.
The American is desperate to get his hands on Fury and told WBN he would be willing to go to battle with the Mancunian FOR £1.
However, with the ‘Cannon’ unlikely to gain a license from the BBBofC, it would mean Fury may have to travel to the States for the contest.
The press-conferences alone would be worth the match-up being made.
3) Tony Bellew
Bellew has made it no secret about needing to fight a big name to remain motivated to continue in the sport and this would be a huge domestic showdown which would be a PPV event.
The Scouser is in great form having demolished David Haye in their rematch last month.
Not only would it be a big money spinner, it would be Fury’s biggest challenge since Klitschko and victory over the ‘Bomber’ can leave Fury nicely placed in the rankings to make another assault to become world champion again.
4) Manuel Charr
Fury has questioned why Charr isn’t regarded as a world champion, referring to the likes of David Haye who held the title in previous years.
Despite it not being deemed as a recognised world title, a challenge for the WBA strap would signal his intentions to dethrone either Wilder or Joshua next for a unification clash towards the backend of 2019.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95