By Rich Cheney: Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is still waiting for the British Boxing Board of Control to give him the date for his next UKAD meeting. The 28-year-old Fury’s career will be stuck in limbo until he can receive clearance by UKAD [UK Anti-Doping] and the BBBofC.
Beyond still needing to be cleared, a very heavy-looking Fury announced last Friday that he needs to trim off 112 pounds before he’ll be fit enough to fight again. The way that Fury made the remark sounded as if it wouldn’t be a big product to trim off the 8 stones of weight that he’s packed on his 6’9” frame since his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
“It was adjourned and they need a new date, said Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the BBBofC, to skysports.com. “All these legal cases take time and obviously it’s a matter of now getting all the parties together, and obviously they are dealing with legal representatives, barristers etc and it’s difficult to get dates. It’s quite common.”.
Fury isn’t happy with the slow progress that is being made by the BBBofC and UKAD to let him resume his pro career. Fury might not have realized the hoops that he would need to jump through for him to get cleared to fight again. Just the sheer amount of weight that Fury will need to take off will be enough of a job in itself. But getting cleared by the BBBofC and UKAD is becoming a real headache for
Fury, who doesn’t seem to be willing to start taking the weight off until after he’s been cleared. That’s not good for Fury to be waiting, because it’s going to take him a long, long time to pare off 112 pounds. Right now, Fury looks unhealthy to the extreme. The good news is Fury doesn’t appear to be in the 400 pound range. The bad news is he definitely looks like he’s well over 300 pounds, which isn’t hard to do when you’re 6’9”. Fury has got the frame to carry around 300 pounds and not look fat. Unfortunately, Fury does look very fat right now, and he knows it.
”Well, you can see I’m in the fattest shape of my life, I’m a fat [expletive],” said Fury last Friday night in an appearance in Selford. ”I’ve had too much curry and pie. I have started training back after two years out of the ring nearly. I’m only the fifth day in. I’ve only got eight stone (112 lbs) to lose. To be honest, I’ve got a few things going on. I’m looking to be back September, October time. I’ll have a couple of warm-up fights to try and get some fat off, then we’ll go for the big one. But if I can’t beat a weightlifter, then I must be [expletive],” said Fury in discussing a fight with Joshua.
This is the second time Fury started training. He quit training for some reason. My guess is Fury will stop training this time as well, and leave the weight on or add to it with some more pies or whatever he’s eating that makes him so fat.
“There’s no other fights out there,” said Fury. “There’s only one man in the division and that’s me, whether I’m fat or not. I’ll get back in there and either get my jaw broke or I’ll break somebody’s else’s.”
It’s going to be a major ask for Fury to lose the 112 pounds by the time he fights in September. I don’t think that’s the actual goal. He admits that he’ll fight in September or October whether he’s trimmed off the weight off or not. It’s a pipe dream for Fury to lose 112 lbs. in time for a fight in September OR October. No one can lose that kind of weight in just 3 to 4 months and be healthy.
I think it’s possible for someone to rapidly lose that amount of weight if the objective is to just look weight as fast as possible. But for Fury to lose 112 pounds and be in fighting shape by the time he fights in September or October, it’s not happing.
The best strategy for Fury to is lose 40 to 50 pounds by the time he fights next, and then lose another 20 to 30 pounds before his next fight. Fury could then lose the rest of the weight over the course of 2 more fights. If Fury can do that, he would likely have all 112 lbs. off by next year in September or October. As long as Fury doesn’t start eating again, he should be able to keep his weight at 250 lbs. and take on Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Wladimir and Joseph Parker in 4 big payday fights.
Fury wants a world title shot straightaway against heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he does come back. Joshua wants no part of fighting an out of shape Fury, and he’s already given him his barking orders by telling him to burn off the weight so that he’s fit and in fighting shape when the two of them do meet up. Joshua likely doesn’t want to be in the ring with a big blob and cause an embarrassment to the promotion of the fight. That would be a black eye for Joshua if he’s seen beating up on a badly out of shape Fury.
Joshua wouldn’t get credit for the boxing public, and he’d be seen as ripping the fans off on Sky Box Office PP. But what can Joshua do through. If Fury chooses to be lazy about taking off all the weight that he’s packed on, there’s nothing Joshua can do about it other than fight him in whatever shape he chooses to show up for the fight. Surely, Joshua won’t turn down the Fury payday. If all he can do is getting an out of shape Fury, he’ll likely take him as is.
“I don’t think Tyson can lace his own boots at the minute,” said Joshua to skysports.com. “When Tyson is fit, when he’s ready, we’ll be ready.”
I hope Joshua doesn’t hold his breath waiting for Fury to get in tip top shape for a fight against him, because he might be waiting for a long, long time. Joshua isn’t going to make Fury lose weight. He’s going to need to take the fight with Fury in whatever condition he comes in. That’s just the way it’s going to be. If Joshua wants to fight a slimmer Fury, he’s going to need to take on his cousin Hughie Fury. That’s if Hughie can make it out of a training camp without suffering some kind of illness or injury.
Tyson Fury’s career looked to be in a promising position after he beat Wladimir Klitschko by a 12 round decision in 2015. Fury could have taken that fight and moved on for big money matches against Wladimir in a rematch, and then fights against Joshua and Deontay Wilder. The money that Fury could have made in those 3 fights would have been out of this world. Fury could have retired with the cash he made in those fights. Unfortunately for Fury, he took it easy and took his foot off the gas pedal in a major way in putting on a massive amount of weight.