Video: Tyson Fury takes to social media to proclaim return and target Anthony Joshua

Video: Tyson Fury takes to social media to proclaim return and target Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury has taken to social media to announce he’ll defeat Anthony Joshua in eight rounds.

By Oscar Willis - 31 Oct 2017

Tyson Fury is becoming something of a mythical figure in heavyweight boxing.

The former world champion, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, has retired and un-retired multiple times since that contest, leaving fans uncertain if they’ll ever see the ‘Gypsy King’ back in the ring. And with the rise of Anthony Joshua during his absence, it seems more than ever that boxing viewers want the controversial figure to come back to the sport.

Well — today at least — Fury’s on board with the idea, taking to social media to announce his intentions of facing Joshua in the ring next year.

This is what's to come! The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me, same as Ali vs Forman the stylish Ali vs the mummy Forman! We all know what happens in this fight! I know you all got me whooped, but I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles ūüí™ & I have the mentality of a winner a man who has never lost a fight. A true champion coming back to claim his thrown, This is my era they are from my time, I must destroy them. AJ & Wilder I'm coming back for you pair my mission is seek & destroy the only thing on my mind is destruction who ever gets in my way will be dealt with accordingly. There's only 1 winner & that's the fans! Let's make the heavyweights great again, fight the best in the division, Fury= Lineal champ, Joshuar= Ibf-Ibo-wba Wilder= WBC. Parker= Wbo But to be fair Parker is only a young lad & is not on my radar he must gain experience & mature in to a big strong man. I hold my destiny in my own hands. May the best man win good luck everyone #letsgetthispartystarted 2018_2019 the world will see the best fights & see the true heavyweight king ūüĎĎ recrowned .

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Fury and Joshua make up the two biggest names in British (and possibly the world) heavyweight boxing scene. Both are currently undefeated, and with Fury having vacated his titles, he still has a claim to fight the new champion. Combine that with the sheer contrast between the two — both in the ring and out of the ring — and a clash promises to be a spectacle like few before.

There are, naturally, a few potential roadblocks in the way.

Fury is currently at odds with the British Board of Control after failing a doping test. As Fury is required to undergo a hearing with the UK Anti-Doping agency (an initial hearing was adjourned in July), the BBoC still require that red tape to be resolved.

“It’s quite simple, Fury’s legal team need to agree a date,” BBBofC chairman Robert Smith said to Sky Sports. “At the present time, as I am standing here now, it hasn’t been agreed.

“We are ready to go. UKAD do all our anti-doping for us, they have an independent panel that is dealing with the case and we are trying to get a date finalised. But we are unable to do so because they [Fury’s legal team] haven’t confirmed one.”

As usual, nothing is simple with Tyson Fury, but as fans are aware: the biggest obstacle for his return to boxing is his own interest. If he really wants to fight Joshua in 2018, then we might just end up seeing it.