Tyson Fury: I'm Lineal Champ - Joshua, Wilder Need To Beat Me!

By Radio Rahim

Former unified champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) believes that he firmly holds the rightful claim to the heavyweight throne.

Fury has been out of the ring since November 2015, when he traveled over to Germany to shock the world by winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko to capture the IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO heavyweight titles.

During 2016, the boxer battled depression and substance abuse and eventually lost his boxing license.


Since his long stint of inactivity, WBC champion Deontay Wilder, IBF/WBA/IBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker are all staking their claims to the heavyweight throne.

Fury believes that he still holds the keys to the kingdom, based on his status as the lineal champion due to his victory over Klitschko. 

"I have lineal status. My lineal status dates back to the days of John L. Sullivan. All of the hundreds of years of boxing and I've got that belt. These guys can have some alphabet titles, but they will never be considered the best of their era until they beat me, because I'm the man who beat the man, who beat the man, who beat the man - going back 200 years," Fury told

Fury is back in training and expects to return to the ring by April of next year. He's losing a lot of the excess weight that was gained during his time on the bench, and now he plots his comeback.

The British Boxing Board of Control will be meeting next month to discuss Fury's request to regain his boxing license.

Fury sounds very confident in his chances to receive a positive ruling from the BBBoC.

"I'm going to be licensed again very, very soon. That is not going to be a problem. I'm going to be back with a capital B. I'm one of the UK's homegrown sons, why would they not want to give me a license," Fury said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Elroy The Great on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18367013]That same Wlad (well, a year older and coming off a long layoff) went on to knock down and almost beat Anthony Joshua. I wouldn't say he was shot. Fury was just a nightmare style matchup for him.[/QUOTE] sheesh, getting…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=Elroy The Great;18366930]prime fury looked like shlt vs shot wlad. imho.[/QUOTE] That same Wlad (well, a year older and coming off a long layoff) went on to knock down and almost beat Anthony Joshua. I wouldn't say he was shot.…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18366713]Fury's style would have given Klitschko trouble at any point in his career. Too big and mobile. Wlad looked clueless as to what to do with him.[/QUOTE] prime fury looked like shlt vs shot wlad. imho.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=Elroy The Great;18365651]the mouthy cvnt who ate/drank/drug himself out of the sport talking shlt about professionals who are still fighting. damn you wlad, why did you have to be at the tail end of your career ?!?!!? a couple years…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 12-28-2017

How is Fury the lineal champ? When did he take that from Lennox Lewis? Oh, you mean Lewis retired and hasn't fought in years so that it was impossible to "take" the lineal crown. Isn't Fury retired? Hasn't it been…

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