Tyson Fury fight date locked in, as stellar opponent talk emerges

Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury is set to fight for the first time in the UK for more than three years when he takes to the ring in March.

The date for Tyson Fury's next fight has been locked in, but the opponent remains up in the air.

Frank Warren, Fury's British promoter, has revealed that Fury's next fight date will be on March 26 but neither the venue or the opponent have been determined. However, a return to the UK looks likely after his last five fights took place in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Warren told iFL TV: "Tyson wants the fight to be the end of March. As a team we're looking at other situations as well.

"Whatever happens he will fight on March 26, that's what the objective is.

"I'm not going to say where it is.

"We do have a date here but it could be somewhere else. The fact of the matter is that's when he wants to fight."

'The Gypsy King', who has fought just once in the last 23 months, is said to favour a homecoming at Old Trafford and has previously labelled a fight at the home of Manchester United as a "dream".

Fury baits Ngannou

But the Wythenshawe-born heavyweight is eager to make up for lost time after defeating Deontay Wilder in his last two fights to take his unbeaten record to 31-0-1.

The WBC have ordered a defence of his heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte. But as yet terms between the two fighters are yet to be agreed with Whyte purported to be upset at a potential 80-20 purse split.

Andy Ruiz Jnr is an option for Fury, while Robert Helenius could also be a fight that Fury takes, although his WBC title would not be on the line.

Fury has even stoked up talk of a crossover fight with UFC champion Francis Ngannou this week.

Ngannou recently said any new UFC contract he signed must allow him the ability to take lucrative contests against the likes of Fury and Anthony Joshua. And Fury welcomed the talk.

He tweeted: "Who would like to see me fight this beast boxing rules @ufc gloves?"

Ngannou responded: "How about MMA rules with boxing gloves? I can do you that favor."

To which Fury replied: 'You want to come in to my world calling me & Wilder out to a boxing match. What I can guarantee is you would be knocked out & also paid your highest purse to be so! So have a think.'

Fury vs Usyk?

But one fight which would be welcomed by the boxing purists is a battle with WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

The 34-year-old Ukrainian shocked the boxing world with a routine win over Anthony Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

And now his assistant coach says Usyk vs Fury is a possibility because "everything is constantly changing".

Sergey Lapin told MyBettingSites, via Gvemesport: "Why not assume such an option as Fury-Usyk? It would be very interesting for boxing fans, a historical event.

"If you remember a year ago, fans were waiting for a fight for the undisputed world champion in the heavyweight division between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua - but literally in a moment, everything changed.

"At this stage, I think everything is possible, everything is constantly changing.

"The battle for undisputed champion in the heavyweight division is a very cool event that has not been held for more than 20 years."

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