Tyson Fury free to set-up Anthony Joshua fight after boxing suspension lifted

  • Tyson Fury free to set-up Anthony Joshua fight after boxing suspension lifted

Tyson Fury free to set-up Anthony Joshua fight after boxing suspension lifted

Fury will have to wait until next year, at the earliest, to face Joshua, 28, who fights WBO titleholder Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31.

Joshua has repeatedly spoken about his desire to go toe-to-toe with Fury, recently boasting that he would "knock his block off". He likes to tweet about it rather than talk about it, say over a table.

The BBBofC revealed on Friday that it would clear Fury to fight once more as long as medical requirements are met.

"Ultimately, a fight with AJ is what we're all after - anything other than this would make fans fury-ous".

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"He should have some warm-up fights but if he looks bad in them, it decreases the value of the fight and it might decrease the interest for the fight, but one thing is for sure, Tyson Fury is an excellent heavyweight and Anthony Joshua wants to beat him and beat everyone".

The April 21 card at the SSE Arena in Belfast, topped by Carl Frampton's showdown against former four-time world champion Nonito Donaire, has been mentioned as a potential return date for Fury. Fury has made it clear on several occasions that he is keen to face Joshua, who now holds the IBF, IBO and WBA belts.

Joshua hopes victory sets up another world title unification clash against the WBC champion, now American Deontay Wilder who makes a defence against Cuba's Luis Ortiz on March 3.

Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: "The feeling is that Fury will take a relatively easy fight first to get him back before looking for the higher profile fights after that".