By Phil D. Jay
Unbeaten Tyson Fury (19-0, 14KOs) is ready to face former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (29-2-1, 18KOs) in November after trainer Peter Fury told WBN that the Uzbek is his preferred choice out of the three former world champions linked to the unbeaten fighter’s upcoming 20th professional fight.
The 24 year-old had originally wanted to face Tomasz Adamek, before making initial inquiries to face James Toney, and after both bouts were vetoed, Fury drew up a list that included Chagaev, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Siarhei Liakhovich.
The ‘White Tyson’ has now emerged as favourite and Fury will concentrate all his efforts on sealing what will be a huge step up from his last fight with Vinny Maddalone, which he won easily in five rounds.
Chagaev, 33, has won two on the bounce since losing a close points decision to Russian Alexander Povetkin for his old WBA heavyweight belt and early indications may see the fight head to Las Vegas or Dublin.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net