Bob Arum eyeing a March return for Tyson Fury
When he was last in the ring, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (31-0-1, 22 KO’s) put an emphatic stamp on his trilogy with Deontay Wilder. There are a great number of boxing fans who believe that Fury won all three bouts hands down despite the first match ending in a controversial draw. Nevertheless, the Gypsy King would go on to win the second and third outings by extremely dominant stoppage.
With the Wilder saga officially in his rearview mirror, the question now shifts to: what is next for Fury? In a perfect world, the UK wordsmith would face unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KO’s) for undisputed status. Unfortunately for Fury, that is not possible. The only reason that Usyk is a heavyweight champion is because he defeated Anthony Joshua in his last match on September 25. Following the loss, AJ nearly immediately chose to activate the rematch clause in their contract. This chain of events will leave Usyk tied up for at least one bout, and perhaps two.
While the fight he most desires is not in play, at the moment there are some other palatable options available for Fury. And according to his co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, who sat down with Blue Blood TV, it’s looking like the Gypsy King will make an early 2022 return to the ring.
“The question is when he will fight next and if I had to guess, probably I’d say March…in March, I’d like, Tyson Fury is his own man, to fight in the UK. And I think among the opponents would be Dillian Whyte or maybe this big English guy Joe Joyce.”
Either selection of Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-2, 19 KO’s) or Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (13-0, 12 KO’s) would be fun options for fight fans. Whyte has been struggling to get his shot at the WBC champion for a number of years at this point. The UK bruiser was recently slated to dance with Otto Wallin but was forced to withdraw due to a reported shoulder injury. There is little doubt that Fury versus Whyte would make for a memorable fire fight.
Joe Joyce, as compared, is a bit greener when it comes to fighting the elite in the division. To date his best and biggest win came over Daniel Dubois on July 25, 2020. While the Juggernaut was able to stop Dubois, his adversary was also an up and coming fighter himself. More recently, Joyce fought and stopped veteran Carlos Takam on July 24, 2021. Joyce has shown that he has the tools to be a major force but Fury would stand as his most stringent acid test to date.
By: Bakari Simpson