Tyson Fury returns in February for tune-up bout
- Updated: December 17, 2014
Frank Warren revealed today that heavyweight Tyson Fury will return to action on February 28, when he will headline a card at London’s O2 arena in a tune-up bout, before setting their sights on Wladimir Klitschko for the summer.
“It’s great to have my first fight of the year up and announced so now I can go away, have a break over Christmas and then get back in the gym with a goal to aim for,” said Fury.
Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) is coming off of a 10th round TKO over Derek Chisora and is next in line for a shot at Klitschko.
“When I haven’t got a fight lined up I find it hard to concentrate, I need that focus to aim towards and at least I know I’m fighting on February 28th and then I’ve got the WBO World title fight next,” added Fury. “I’m now the mandatory challenger to Klitschko and there’s no way he can dodge me, he can either vacate the title or defend the title against me, either way I’m going to fight for the world title this summer.”
According to Warren, he attempted to make contact with Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bonte to make the fight for March but has not heard back.
“That’s fine, but they’ll have to sit down and negotiate after Klitschko has had his fight fight or we can go to purse bids, either way Fury’s going to fight for the world title this year,” said Warren.
“We’ll have Tyson’s opponent confirmed shortly, but the main thing is that he keeps busy as he’s only fought twice in a year and half and this next fight will keep him active before he fights again in the summer.”
“Obviously Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fight on January 17 and the winner of that could be another potential avenue for Fury and if an opportunity comes up there then it will be worth exploring, but it’s Klitschko who we want.”
The card will also feature Chris Eubank Jr., Liam Walsh, Bradley Skeete, Frank Buglioni and Lewis Pettitt.