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Former unified world heavyweight titleholder and current Lineal heavyweight world titleholder Tyson Fury has taken to social media to lay down the gauntlet to current unified champion Anthony Joshua to face him on his first fight back in the ring. Fury has been out of the ring following his November 2015 victory over then unified champion Wladimir Klitschko, with Tyson at the under scrutiny and investigation from the UK Anti-Doping Agency for positive drug failures in 2015 and issues surrounding his BBBofC licence to fight. Fury was given permission to return to the sport by UKAD after coming to an agreement with the agency to resolve all issues and charges on the 12th of December 2017.

Fury has taken to social media saying that he wishes to face Joshua at the earliest opportunity (likely to be Fury’s maiden fight since being free to resume), stating he is the world’s best heavyweight.

Tyson Fury is still yet to be given a BBBofC licence but has stated that he has many options on the table to be given a licence.

Joshua has so far collected the IBF and WBA “super” world titles which once belonged to Fury, the IBF was only in the possession of Fury for 13 days following his victory over Klitschko with the IBF insisting that Fury face Vyacheslav Glazkov, this despite a re-match clause in Fury’s bout agreement with Klitschko. The WBA was vacated by Fury in 2016 as his personal issues and UKAD pressures came to ahead which saw Fury vacate the WBO title simultaneously.  Joshua has since defeated Charles Martin in April of 2016 to claim the IBF title and Wladimir Klitschko in April of 2017 to claim the vacant WBA & IBO world heavyweight titles.

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