Tyson Fury excited by potential fight with Anthony Joshua at Wembley next summer
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 04/11/17 7:06am
Tyson Fury has welcomed the prospect of facing Anthony Joshua in one of the "biggest fights in British boxing history" - and hopes it can be staged at Wembley next summer.
Fury is waiting for a final ruling from UK-Anti-Doping on a suspended drugs ban and the British Boxing Board of Control are yet to be notified by his legal team about a new date for the hearing.
I think next summer is ideal and realistic. I'm not going to do it in February or March, because obviously I'm not in shape. But I'll be back in shape by the time March, April comes around.
But the 29-year-old is confident he will be cleared to end his long absence with a warm-up bout early next year, then take a massive fight with Joshua at the national stadium.
"I've had two years out of the ring. Fat as a pig, hairy as an animal, but still as hungry as a lion," Fury exclusively told Sky Sports. "You have two years out of the ring and it gives you that va-va-voom to get back in there and bust a few heads.
"Do I need that many warm-ups? I don't think so. Am I a 40-year-old? No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing. I'm just so happy and excited to potentially be a part of one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
"People say, why do you think it's that? I'm saying it because two unbeaten heavyweights, one unified champion, one lineal champion, both over six foot six tall, both over 18 stone. One nice guy, one bad man - it is what it is. I think the public are going to relish the thoughts of making this fight happen.
"I think next summer is ideal and realistic. I'm not going to do it in February or March, because obviously I'm not in shape. But I'll be back in shape by the time March, April comes around. Back ripped, looking sexy as ever. A couple of sun beds, a haircut and a shave, I'll be back to my old self."
Fury was on the receiving end of disciplinary action from boxing's governing bodies after making a string of controversial statements following his world title triumph against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
He now intends to focus his attention purely on the sport, if he starts a second reign as world champion in 2018.
"Last time, I done a lot of stuff, and I had a lot of things that I wanted to achieve," said Fury. "I wanted to be most charismatic, most controversial champion, maybe of all time. I said a lot of stuff that I didn't really mean in the past and it got me in a lot of hot water.
"I paid the penalties, I paid the price. Let's just get it all out of the way, and I just want to talk boxing now. I'm not interested in politics, religion, or any other thing apart from fighting.
"That's what I do. Tyson Fury's the name and fighting's the game. I want to get them in front of me, line them all up, and I'll knock them all down. That's a promise."
Watch Deontay Wilder defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne, live on Sky Sports, in the early hours of Sunday morning at 1am. Before that, Dmitry Bivol, Jamie McDonnell, Dereck Chisora and Scott Quigg box in Monte Carlo, live on Sky Sports from 7pm this Saturday.