WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is reportedly eyeing a return to the ring. According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, the U.K. slugger is looking to fight in July, but has not locked down an opponent just yet.
“Andy Ruiz Jr. is in the mix, as is China’s Zhilei Zhang, who could owe Joe Joyce a rematch following the upset,” Coppinger tweeted on Friday afternoon.
Tyson Fury last fought his longtime in-ring foe and friend, Derek Chisora in a trilogy-making bout last December. As many expected, the WBC Heavyweight Champion punished Chisora until the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round. Since then, he has been tied to fellow heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Initially, there was hope that the two champions would meet to crown an undisputed champion in either Saudia Arabia or the United Kingdom this spring. However, an agreement was never reached due to a variety of disputes regarding the purse split, venue, etc.
Heading into the summer, Usyk appears to be preparing for a mandatory title defense against Daniel Dubois. Afterward, there is speculation that Oleksandr Usyk will fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight doubleheader in Saudia Arabia. Joshua has seemingly hinted that the rumors and reports have a bit of truth to them, but Fury nor Usyk has indicated that a fight in Saudia Arabia later this year is on the table.