Sport360 looks at five possible fights for Tyson Fury for him to establish himself as a championship contender
Tyson Fury will be eased back towards championship contention by his promoter Frank Warren but must surely face sterner tests than his farcical four-round comeback win over Sefer Seferi.
Here, we look at five possibilities for future Fury fights in the months ahead.
The 33-year-old German is the current holder of the so-called ‘regular’ WBA heavyweight title, which he next defends against perennial contender Fres Oquendo in September. Charr – who was taken to 10 rounds by Seferi in 2016 – represents a low-key and relatively risk-free route for Fury to claim back some kind of heavyweight crown.
It is hard to say which was more predictable – Fury’s facile win over Seferi or the Liverpool fighter subsequently calling him out on Twitter. Bellew, a master of pre-fight hype, is looking for his next big challenge after two consecutive wins over David Haye, and a contest with Fury would be sure to capture the public imagination – albeit possibly for the wrong reasons.
A rare opponent who could match Fury for size, the likeable Liverpool heavyweight has been found wanting towards the top level and his future is in doubt after a recent crushing loss to Alexander Povetkin. But Price would surely fancy the chance to resurrect his career with a big win – and likewise few could argue if Fury dealt convincingly with such an imposing future.
A lively contender who gave Joshua something to think about in 2015, Whyte could find his stock raised again if he defeats Joseph Parker in an intriguing non-title bout in London in July. Either way, the winner will cement himself as one of the most prominent contenders in the division, making them an ideal foe for Fury as he nears his dream of reclaiming his heavyweight crowns.
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The pint-sized internet sensation crashed Fury’s pre-fight press conference and frankly could be guaranteed to show more aggression than that offered by Seferi. As the sport lurches deeper into pantomime, such a contest can surely not be discounted.