25-stone Fury keen for fresh start as he plots boxing return

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Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is hoping for a fresh start in boxing as he plots his return to the ring despite his weight rising to 25 stone in his time away from the sport.

Fury has not fought since he stunned Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become the unified heavyweight champion and he is currently suspended pending a UK Anti-Doping hearing.

The undefeated 28-year-old has signalled his intention to fight in May, with a bout against Tony Bellew mooted by his uncle and trainer Peter Fury, and the boxer insisted in a series of social media posts on Friday that coming back to boxing will be easy after tackling his mental health issues.

"Talk about being a fat man, I'm 25stones or 350lbs, but getting the weight off has never been a problem! Ask @peterfury we done it 24 times," Fury posted on Twitter.

"I've moved on from the dark &scary place I've been living & if I can beat depression then I can beat anything! The hardest fight of my life!

"I'm starting a fresh start, letting go of the past & concentrating on the future, got to keep moving forwards, #startingfromthebottom."

Bellew - who beat an injured David Haye on March 4 - has confirmed he is open to facing Fury, telling Sky Sports: "If everything goes well and he passes everything he needs to pass then it's a fight that can potentially happen, yes it is."