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Tyson Fury is headed back to the boxing ring, perhaps sooner than anyone expected.
Fury took to social media Saturday to announce he’ll fight an undisclosed opponent Dec. 5.
TYSON FURY @Tyson_Fury
Big announcement The Gypsyking is back in Uk 🇬🇧 December 5 London opponent tbc
Can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back to what I do best. 🥊 2020
@WBCBoxing @frankwarren_tv @trboxing @btsportboxing @espn @MTKGlobal @wowhydrate @MarbellaUk @goldstar https://t.co/MQ6KhZ0K0J
“I’d just like to announce I’m definitely fighting December the 5th in London in the U.K. Opponent to be announced very, very soon,” Fury said. “Just working on some opponents. Let you all know who it’s going to be shortly.”
It’s unlikely Fury will fight Deontay Wilder for a third time. The pair are expected to finish their trilogy at some point, but this will surely amount to a tuneup bout for Fury, who scored a TKO win over Wilder in February.
“I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight,” Fury recently told Lance Pugmire of The Athletic. “But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don’t really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his ass again.”
Fury is also slated to face Anthony Joshua in 2021. The Brits agreed to a two-fight deal earlier this year, and Joshua will have his own December tuneup against Kubrat Pulev a week after Fury’s scheduled fight.
If Fury avoids an upset, he could be looking at the biggest paydays of his life in 2021.