By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
TYSON FURY has set his sights on a world title shot as he prepares to return to the ring for the first time in almost a year.
The unbeaten heavyweight will be in action at London’s Copper Box Arena on February 15 – his first fight since last March.
It will be the first of three quickfire contests with Fury saying: “When they are all over, I hope to be a mandatory world title challenger.”
Fury meets an as yet unnamed opponent at the Copper Box and that will be followed by another bout in April.
He then has a rematch with European champion Dereck Chisora in June and said: “The winner of that fight will probably become the mandatory WBO world title challenger.”
That belt is held by Wladimir Klitschko, who is also the IBF and WBA champion, with Fury saying: “That fight could even happen before the end of the year.”
Fury, 25, is clearly a man in a hurry after being out of action through no fault of his own since knocking out Steve Cunningham in New York last March.
He was due to fight David Haye in September but the Londoner pulled out a week before the contest because of a cut above his eye sustained in training.
A career-threatening shoulder injury to Haye then resulted in the re-scheduled fight also being called off.
Fury said: “We were really messed about by all of that business but you just have to get on with it and that’s what I have done.
“There is no doubting that the David Haye situation knocked us back but you just have to get the show back on the road and start fighting again.“It’s a case of just rolling on and now I have a great chance to make up for all of that lost time because I really do want that world title.
“I am on top of the world and I am training like a demon. I want to get the February fight over and done with and then carry on moving into a world title situation.”
Fury has won all of his 21 fights with 15 of those victories coming via a knockout and is now ranked number five in the world.
He uncle and trainer Peter said: “He deserves a shot at the world title and is now ready to push on towards that goal.”
Meanwhile, Tony Bellew will move up to cruiserweight with a fight against Valery Brudov at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on March 15.
Middleweight Kell Brook will aim to keep his world title hopes on track on the undercard.
TYSON FURY’S February 15 show at the Copper Box, which also features Dereck Chisora, will be screened live on BoxNation (Sky Ch 437/Virgin Ch 546).