The Tyson Fury story took another twist with the news the boxer is planning to return to the ring in 2018 for not one, not two but three fights.
Previously there had been doubts over whether the 29-year-old would ever box again after Fury revealed he would not be applying for a new boxing licence.
The announcement was just the latest in a series of declarations from the fighter, who has not fought for nearly two years since defeating Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in Dusseldorf back in November 2015.
Two postponed rematches followed before the 29-year-old lost his licence after admitting to issues with drugs and depression. Now Fury is back on the comeback trail and aiming to be ring ready by April.
He said on Twitter: “Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.”
Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.
— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 12, 2017
The announcement has prompted huge speculation as to who Fury could face. If he is, indeed, set for “3 big fights” then the most obvious candidates would be the current holders of the three world heavyweight belts, Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
That sounds like a pretty tall order though with Fury still facing a long road to return to the kind of shape and form that saw him defeat Klitschko.
Fans on Twitter, meanwhile, seem to think a fight against Joshua is the most likely of the three, with Fury using the two preceding fights to get back to top form ahead of a long-awaited showdown with Britain’s heavyweight poster boy.
But is all of this too much too soon? Fury has spent much of the past two years dealing with drug addiction, depression and some pretty serious mental issues.
The man to beat Joshua … please
— Harry Seale (@harry_seale) October 12, 2017
Tyson Fury gonna smash Anthony Joshua so bad he'll be working in wimpy next year https://t.co/mlpuZInQ68
— RILEY (@lfc_riley) October 12, 2017
Fury vs AJ has gotta happen now he's back ??
— Liam (@AndersonITFC) October 12, 2017
Can he ever return to the levels he was once at or has his time been and gone? Ultimately, the real test will be over the next few months.
If Fury can knuckle down. get back in shape and regain his focus, a comeback is still possible. But given the stop-start nature of his potential comeback so far, nothing can be taken for granted.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.