The Tyson Fury Merry-Go-Round: What’s Next?

Tom Dunstan

Whether you love him, or you hate him? There is no denying that Tyson Fury’s presence adds more excitement and attention to boxing’s heavyweight division.

Since shocking the world and becoming the unified heavyweight champion in November 2015, it hasn’t been Fury’s in-ring performances that have made the headlines, it has been a string of well-publicised problems outside the ring. The most recent twist in the tail of Tyson Fury came last week when the 29-year-old announced that he would not be reapplying for a license to fight from the British Boxing Board of control.

Fury hasn’t fought for almost two years since dethroning the great Wladimir Klitschko on that famous night in Dusseldorf. Since then, the former IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight king has postponed two rematches with Klitschko, had all his belts stripped, lost his licence, battled with drug and depression issues and still has not resolved his failed drug test from 2015.

For anyone who has managed to keep up with the Tyson Fury saga will know, it’s probably not that surprising that Fury has dismissed the idea of applying for his home nations licence.

Fury’s plans for a return earlier this year were interrupted when his National Anti-Doping investigation was adjourned in May, meaning that the man who is still ranked as the Ring Magazines heavyweight champion would have missed two years in a time that many pundits considered the be Fury in his prime.

“How long must I be held up and kept out of action? It’s been 15 months since I’ve been under investigation, you’re keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.” – Tyson fury

For Fury, he feels disrespected and victimised by the BBBOC and to be fair to Fury, he has a point. In heavyweight boxing, there have been numerous big name fighters such as Shannon Briggs and Lucas Browne who have had verdict passed down on similar offences in the time Fury has been out of action.

What’s Next?

Could this really be the end of Tyson Fury? Although many had originally predicted that Fury’s social media announcement was his trademark annual retirement speech, it appears that the ‘Gypsey King’ is still keen on the idea of a return, stating last week that he will be ‘taking his business elsewhere’. So, if Fury has no intention of applying for a British licence, where could he go?

The most logical and the most profitable answer for Fury would undoubtedly be a move Stateside. Fury himself has spent time training in America since making his U.S. debut in 2013. For Tyson, he would certainly have no problem in obtaining a boxing licence from the state of Nevada, similar to MMA star Connor McGregor who successfully applied for one before his super fight with Floyd Mayweather in August.

It also appears like it could be a deal that suits all parties. After being named as the 2015 Ring Magazine fighter of the year and still with an undefeated record of 25-0, Fury and his loud-mouthed antics will no doubt attract the attention of promoters and TV CEO’s who will know the name value that Fury carries.

And what does Tyson get out of a move to America? Besides a bucket load of money, there are a string of high-profile clashes with some big name U.S. talent. At the moment, America is enjoying somewhat of a heavyweight revolution, with three fights in the heavyweight top 10 charts, Fury would have several options about his next opponent.

Spearheading American heavyweight boxing is Deontay Wilder, currently ranked as the second-best heavyweight on the planet, Wilder is the defending WBC heavyweight champion and is in possession of the only belt that has alluded Fury. Although Wilder has been touted for a unification mega fight with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, could a move to America help push Fury back into the mix?

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