Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has admitted concerns over his ring rust and wants to finalise his blockbuster showdown with Anthony Joshua as soon as possible to ensure he won’t be at a disadvantage.
The self-styled Gypsy King signed the contracts earlier this week on a two-fight deal to face Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship, but a date and site has not yet been determined.
Fury has been out of action for over a year now, having not fought since dethroning Deontay Wilder last February, while Joshua successfully defended his world titles against Kubrat Pulev just three months ago.
Promoter Frank Warren fears that any further delays to the fight could hamper Fury’s chances of winning their Battle of Britain and is eager for it to be staged this summer.
Speaking to BT Sport, he said: ‘Everybody is working to get it away in June or July, that’s what we’re working towards. That’s what we want to do.
‘The longer it takes to happen, it’s not going to be good for Tyson. You’ve been out the ring now 13 months, coming up to 14 months.
‘So he’ll want to be fighting. And we want to get it on as soon as possible.’
WBC champion Fury recently admitted himself that his 13-month hiatus is far from ‘ideal preparation for any super-fight,’ with the undefeated Brit looking at a year-and-a-half worth’s of ring rust if the heavyweight clash happens this summer.
His trainer SugarHill Steward, who took over as trainer from Ben Davison for the second fight with Wilder, even suggested a drastic plan for Fury to fight one top 10 contender every month to whip him in shape for his £200million bonanza with Joshua.
Speaking via the MyBettingSites.co.uk blog, SugarHill said: ‘Remember the movie Diggstown with Louis Gossett Jr, he had to fight ten guys within days or something.
‘Let’s get Tyson to do that. Let’s put him in there for a fight a month. If he’s ready let’s give him a fight a month against the top ten guys and take on each contender. Old school boxing like Ray Robinson, they fought, then they fought three weeks later.’