Former three-belt world heavyweight champ and lineal titlist, Tyson Fury, is promising that his return to the ring will be unlike any other comeback in recent boxing history.
Like All Games, boxing demands proficiency before success and the old school way to accomplish that is by staying active. Fury was reportedly assured of a busy return schedule by new promoter Frank Warren and the controversial “Gypsy King” intends on embracing that approach.
“Frank Warren has told me umpteen times so I hope and pray he keeps me busy and I know he will,” Fury recently told reporters.
“Very busy, the busiest heavyweight of all champions to date. I’m going to have four or five fights this year. Maybe six, who knows…I can’t get enough, I love boxing that much.
“Joe Louis had the bum-a-month campaign and that’s exactly what I want to do. All this fighting once or twice a year — I hate that inactivity. I want to fight every week if I can, but at least once a month, so I think we can do bum-a-month campaign easy.”
In case you haven’t noticed, Fury is still keen on referring to himself as a heavyweight champion and, frankly, it’s hard to dispute his claim.
At one time the IBF/WBA/WBO champ after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury was stripped of the IBF belt due to boxing politics and then forced to relinquish the other two belts after a well-reported battle with addiction and mental health-related issues. So, despite officially being an “ex-champ,” Fury is still undefeated.
And, while clutching at his undefeated status, he still holds the heavily romanticized lineal heavyweight champ designation, a mythical recognition of being the man who beat the man (who beat the man) in a championship lineage that dates back to the beginning of the sport. In some circles, Fury is still the champ and current champs Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are just pretenders to the throne.
Fury, himself, plays into that idea.
“I’m not focused on any of them. I have the best belt you can get — the lineal belt of the division dating back to John L Sullivan — you cannot beat that. I’ve had all the alphabet titles. Titles are very unimportant to me. I see myself as the lineal world heavyweight champion and I don’t need any belts.
“They need what I have. To be considered world champions of their era they have to beat me.”
First up for Fury, though, is his June 9 return to the ring. Reportedly, unheralded and utterly unproven Sefer Seferi has been tapped for fall guy duties against the 6′ 9″ Irishman. Seferi’s only claim to fame is a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Manuel Charr in 2016, but being the first “bum” in Fury’s new “Bum-of-the-Month” club doesn’t require much more than being a live body with a respectable won-loss record.
From there, Fury’s comeback train will pick up speed and eventually cross tracks with either Joshua or Wilder in a big-money heavyweight title bout. Then, the boisterous big man will have his chance at regaining everything he had to let go of.