Tyson Fury stands on the verge of following Vasyl Lomachenko and Gennady Golovkin as the World Boxing News Fighter of the Year.
Following an astonishing return to the sport from the depths of despair, Fury was a whisker away from regaining the world heavyweight title.
A final round knockdown against Deontay Wilder, which Fury somehow recovered from in one of the standout top division moments, ultimately meant the ‘Gypsy King’ missed out on securing the greatest comeback of all time.
Fury will get another chance in the rematch with Wilder later this year. But for now, fans are set to vote the 30 year-old their star of 2018.
Barring a huge swing in the poll, Fury will beat cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Vasyl Lomachenko, Canelo Alvarez and Josh Warrington to the annual prize.
At present, Fury holds 42% of those cast, whilst Usyk has 20%.
WBN’s trophy remains the only Fighter of the Year award voted for by the public.
Previous winners include Andre Ward and Carl Froch. Although Eastern European countries have dominated the vote since 2013.
The final results will be declared on Friday January 18.
Cast your vote here:
Vasyl Lomachenko: The Ukrainian won the trophy in 2016 with a whopping 76% after what was a stellar year. ‘Loma’ was beaten in 2017 by the resurgent Gennady Golovkin with 48% of the poll. In 2018, Lomachenko won a third weight world title when defeating Jorge Linares. He then unified after shoulder surgery against Jose Pedraza in December.
Canelo Alvarez: Defeating Gennady Golovkin in September was followed up by a third-weight world title against Rocky Fielding three months later.
Oleksandr Usyk: The inaugural World Boxing Super Series champion. Usyk then went on to stop Tony Bellew in a huge UK event. He beat the number two and three in his division and is a strong contender to lift the crown.
Mikey Garcia: Becoming a four-weight world champion at 140 pounds in 2018. Garcia then unified the lightweight division for good measure.
Tyson Fury: One of the comeback stories of all time, Fury was a knockdown away from regaining the world heavyweight crown.
Deontay Wilder: ‘The Bronze Bomber’ enjoyed a stellar year when stopping Luis Ortiz. Wilder then almost wiped out Fury in a Fight of the Year contender.
Naoya Inoue: Japan’s newest superstar, Inoue proved why he’s called ‘The Monster’ when halting two world-class fighters in a combined total of three minutes and two seconds.
Anthony Joshua: The current heavyweight champion, Joshua further unified the division. The Briton then fended off the challenge of top contender Alexander Povetkin.
Josh Warrington: Winning two high-profile UK world title clashes as the underdog. Warrington earned his spot with a Fight of the Year display against Carl Frampton.
Donnie Nietes: Becoming only the third Filipino to win world titles at four weights sees Nietes on the list.
Kosei Tanaka: The 23 year-old two-time WBN Young Fighter of the Year scored a third-weight world title in just his twelfth bout last September.
Callum Smith: Winning the WBSS accolade and Ring Magazine title at 168 pounds. ‘Mundo’ deserves his place among the elite for 2018.