Tyson Fury likely to make ring return in spring, says promoter Frank Warren

Fury is set to make a second defence of his WBC title against the mandatory challenger of his division although it is yet to be decided if Dillian Whyte will be his next opponent.

Tyson Fury is expected to make a spring return to the ring but is enjoying some much-needed family time, according to promoter Frank Warren.

The British boxer defended his WBC heavyweight crown earlier this month with an 11th-round knockout of American rival Deontay Wilder to bring their trilogy fight to a dramatic climax in Las Vegas.

Immediately after the victory Fury admitted he would enjoy a "well-earned break" after a chaotic build-up to the bout with an original July date pushed back after the 33-year-old contracted Covid-19 while his new-born daughter also spent time in intensive care unit in August.

"If and when he wants to, because he is the one who will make the decision, I think it will be some time in the spring," Warren said about a possible Fury return.

"Tyson was training for 20 months in between Covid and things getting pushed back. He had the unfortunate thing with his new-born daughter going into intensive care on two occasions, so it has been a really tough time for him.

"He needed to switch off, you need to switch off and let your body recover as well but he will keep fit and keep his weight down. He needed to take his foot off the gas from the serious training and have a bit of time out."

Fury, who had to climb off the canvas twice during his third meeting with Wilder at the T-Mobile Arena, may halt his period of switching off at the end of this month to cast an eye over a potential opponent facing someone who he has already beaten.

Dillian Whyte is currently the No.1 ranked challenger for the WBC belt and has waited patiently for his shot at a world title although he is yet to be installed as mandatory.

Whyte was looking to cement his position and challenge Fury next year only to pull out of his upcoming eliminator against Otto Wallin due to a shoulder injury.

Arthur-Yarde rematch confirmed

Warren was speaking at The Landmark Hotel where the official press conference for Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde's rematch took place.

Manchester-born Arthur won by a split decision to clinch the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title in the first clash between the pair at the end of 2020.

The second bout will take place on December, 4 - 364 days after the previous fight - at the Copper Box Arena but most of the talk at the event was from the trainers of the fighters with Pat Barrett, Arthur's trainer, walking off after exchanging verbals with Tunde Ajayi throughout the press conference.

"I think it will be a cracking fight and a much better fight this time," Warren insisted.

"They both have a point to prove and this time we have got fans in so there should be a bit of an atmosphere and I am really looking forward to it.

"The number one in the WBO (rankings) is there. That is a real prize because it puts you in a position to fight for a world title."

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