Tyson Fury was suspended from professional boxing back in 2016 over “anti-doping and medical issues”.
But, after meeting with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) today (January 19), the 29-year-old is set for a return to the ring.
The BBBofC said: “Following interview with Tyson Fury at the British Boxing Board of Control offices earlier today, the suspension of his British Boxing Board of Control boxer’s licence will be lifted subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements.”
Fury hasn’t fought in the ring since his stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, which saw him claim the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, Lineal and The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Who will Tyson Fury fight next?
There is mounting speculation that Fury’s first fight could be against heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Joshua has repeatedly spoken about his desire to go toe-to-toe with Fury, recently boasting that he would “knock his block off”.
Speaking to iFL TV, he said: “I’m deadly serious about fighting him, I’m deadly serious too and I see a serious man, when he’s reaching out and I’m reaching out we’re both serious about getting this fight on.”
He added: “One side of me I’m supporting him getting back – whatever he needs, if he needs any support let’s do it, but on the other side as a competitor – I want to knock his block off.”
Tyson Fury next fight: Fury is odds on to face Shannon Briggs (GETTY)
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that the undefeated fighters could meet as early as the summer.
“I want to knock his block off”
He told Sky Sports: “Anthony Joshua has proven time and time again that he will fight anyone and in his 21st fight, he will have been in two heavyweight unification fights and his fifth world title defence, which is incredible.
“So, if Tyson Fury wants a fight with Anthony Joshua, it is only a phone call away. He likes to tweet about it rather than talk about it, say over a table.
“He’s an excellent fighter, he’s a great character for the sport of boxing and Joshua against Fury is a huge fight, but we have to deal with what’s available right now, what’s the reality and the reality is we want all the belts.
“If there is a defence against Tyson Fury, yes please. If he gets his licence, yes please, for British boxing. But rather than tweet about it, we should sit down and try and make the fight.”
Tyson Fury odds: Who could he fight next?
Who could Tyson Fury fight next? Odds provided by Betfair
Tyson Fury is free to return to boxing – who could he fight next? Odds – Betfair (Bongarts/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury next fight odds
Despite, a Fury-Joshua fight being the clear fans’ choice, bookmakers have tipped him to face off against Shannon Briggs first.
Fury is 2/1 to face Briggs, according to Betfair, with David Price (5/1), Dominic Breazeale (8/1) and Agit Kabayel (8/1) also in the running.
Joshua has longer odds of 33/1, the same as David Haye, Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.
Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “The feeling is that Fury will take a relatively easy fight first to get him back before looking for the higher profile fights after that.
“Shannon Briggs at 2/1 and David Price at 5/1 are the favoured first fights and while relatively big names, Fury at anything close to top form should beat either easily enough.”