It’s safe to say that Tyson Fury’s return to the ring was met with a somewhat underwhelming response from fight fans.
Despite comfortably outfighting Albanian Sefer Seferi, who had to retire from their fight in just the fourth round, Fury didn’t quite make the headlines as he was clearly fighting a much smaller and less talented fighter.
Granted, it was the former heavyweight champion’s first fight in over two years due to a tumultuous period outside of the ring, but the fact Fury fought such as a low-level opponent and didn’t look like a world-beater left many less than excited about his future match-ups.
Of course, the fight with Seferi was nothing more than a tune up fight, something to shake of the ring rust prior to anticipated bouts with the likes of Antony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
But with both men locked in negotiations for a heavyweight unification bout, Fury instead was instead booked to fight Italian heavyweight Francesco Pianeta, which goes down next weekend at Windsor Park in Belfast.
Yet it seems that Fury has his sights set on bigger fish, with the Gypsy King recently taking to Twitter to ask fight fans whether they believe a fight between he and Wilder would happen.
While the responses from fans were mixed, it does appear that Fury and Wilder could be happening sooner rather than later, especially since Joshua is set to fight Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on 22 September.
Wilder clearly wants the much-anticipated unification bout with AJ, but the fact that he’s already booked to fight next month leaves the WBC champion with an opening in his calendar – which may lead to a fight in November with Fury.
Fury took to his Instagram account to put Antony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn on blast for claiming the fight wouldn’t happen, revealing that the fight between himself and Wilder looks set to go down later this year.
“I’m just sitting here thinking, ‘isn’t marvellous that the biggest fight, Fury vs. Wilder and that smug little tosser Eddie Hearn has nothing to do with it at all.” Fury posted on a video on his Instagram Account.
“He has nothing to do with the biggest fight or is his puppet [Joshua] on the string, his fighter he’s got, they’re not invited in the biggest fight the world has ever seen between the two biggest heavyweights in the planet, the two most controversial, most outspoken heavyweights on the planet, both over 6’6”, both talkers, one Brit, one American.
“Isn’t marvellous this fight is going to happen, and Eddie Hearn has nothing to do with it. He is boiling. First, he said, ‘it’s not going to happen,’ and then ‘it’s nearly done.’”
Whether or not the fight is going to happen remains to be seen however. Fury has the small matter of getting past Pianeta this coming weekend, while a fight with outspoken Brit seems like a massive risk for the American.
Wilder is certainly the next fight to make should AJ successfully defend his titles, but that fight wouldn’t likely occur until mid-2019, and even then, there is no guarantee of it coming to fruition.
So, Wilder may feel like a fight with Fury cements his status as the number one contender against Joshua, but it’s certainly a massive risk should the fight happen.
Fury has a lot to gain and nothing to lose, so could end up immediately inserting himself in the title picture should he claim a victory over the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion. One thing is for sure – the heavyweight title picture has never looked so exciting.