Tyson Fury could be set for a sensational title comeback in September – if he gets his boxing licence back.
The controversial Briton hasn’t fought since dethroning heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
Having tested positive for cocaine while in America, Fury was charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and stripped of his licence by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Great sparing with @JoeJoyce_1 this week, really top bloke. & great athlete. Hope to do some more work.😎😎👍🏼👍🏼— TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 23, 2017
But Peter Fury, Tyson’s trainer and uncle, is hoping an imminent decision will allow the 28-year-old to join the undercard for cousin Hughie Fury’s bout on September 23 for the WBO crown held by New Zealander Joseph Parker.
“What we are looking at (regarding the decision) is the next couple of weeks and if that’s the case, all being well, he will join Hughie on this bill,” said Peter. “And we will look to get him some form of title too, so it won’t be just a journeyman against him, or a run out, because he is training at the moment.
“He’s ready. I’ve always said if you can fight you can fight. This guy is unique and when he fights he will have sparred 5-600 rounds.”
Tyson made an appearance at Hughie’s press conference with Parker on Tuesday to promote their showdown at Manchester Arena and Peter is hoping he can now put the troubled times behind him and focus on proving he is the best heavyweight, despite Anthony Joshua claiming the WBA, IBF and IBO belts after beating Klitschko himself in April.
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“I can’t speak for what was going on in Tyson’s mind and he’s had a fair few issues to deal with,” added Peter, who also trains son Hughie.
“But it’s over now. Boxing is where he belongs. I think he’s the best heavyweight in the world. I wanted him to defend that belt and keep on defending for the next 10 years and build a massive legacy for himself.
“But I also think everything happens for a reason and this was meant for him. I think he will come back a stronger person and a better fighter as well.”
And should Tyson be cleared to box then a much-anticipated clash with Joshua could be on the cards in 2018.
“Probably September, October time next year, that’s a real possibility for him against Joshua,” added Peter. “I think it’s what the public want to see absolutely. It will be in Britain, it’s a fight for Britain.
“Joshua can fight and has been brought on well and done his job. But the applause, I’m in this job for one thing and that’s proving my fighters are the best in the world – and the only way of doing that is slicing through the division. Tyson has had enough of a lay-off now and am looking to get him back in September and next year it’s full on for him.”
Manny Pacquiao is “not surprised” the World Boxing Organization affirmed the loss of his welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn, but the Philippine ring legend railed at large at judges who “manipulated results”.
The WBO ordered a review of the scoring of the July 2 Brisbane bout at the request of the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board, which criticised the judges and the referee.
The WBO set up a panel of independent and anonymous judges to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round. On Tuesday it said the judges found Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five.
“We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now,” Pacquiao said in a statement late Tuesday.
He did not name the judges nor mention the specific fights in his allegations.
“Let the people judge for themselves. People saw what happened,” said the 38-year-old, who had won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.
I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country. pic.twitter.com/mcfegAOSIi— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) July 12, 2017
The undefeated but unheralded Horn, 29, had stunned the Filipino legend with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous decision.
But the Filipino’s camp alleged the referee let the Australian get away with illegal tactics.
The WBO ordered the review while stressing it did not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations were proven.
Pacquiao had endorsed the call for a review issued by the Filipino sports regulatory, which lashed out at the “unfair decision and officiating” of the fight.
In a statement sent to AFP on Wednesday, the Filipino regulator thanked the WBO for looking into the fight but blamed American referee Mark Nelson for the results.
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“No matter what review they do, it will be hard to change the result as the referee didn’t call it close,” said board chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra.
“The judges’ scores would have greatly changed if the referee did his job properly,” Mitra alleged.
“He (referee) didn’t give (Senator) Manny Pacquiao the respect and fair protection that is due to a people’s champ,” Mitra said, referring to Pacquiao’s elected post as a Philippine senator.
Horn, a former schoolteacher written off before the bout by most observers, welcomed on Tuesday the ruling as “evidence” of his victory.
“It’s definitely nice to have it finally put on paper,” said Horn, who had been keen for a rematch.
In the twilight of a 22-year pro career, Pacquiao had initially called for a rematch, but later said he would also “think hard” about retiring.
Pacquiao briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.
Pacquiao’s loss to Horn had prompted calls that he retire for good.
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Australian Jeff Horn’s shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed Tuesday after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organization declared him the clear winner.
The WBO took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, criticised the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane on July 2.
Horn stunned the Filipino legend – who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions – with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.
The WBO – which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven – set up a panel of independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.
The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.
A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before.
“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent,” the WBO said in a statement.
“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent.
“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”
Horn welcomed the review when it was announced, and said he was ready for a rematch, an option specified in the Brisbane fight contract.
“Let them review it,” the 29-year-old told Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper. “They will see it on a TV screen and probably see the same thing everyone else saw – me winning the fight.”
Both the Philippine board and Pacquiao had criticised American referee Mark Nelson for supposedly allowing the underdog Australian to get away with illegal tactics without giving him warnings or point deductions.
The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty, to retire and concentrate on politics.
Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.
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