I only have seven stone to lose - Fury to start training for prospective Joshua bout

Tyson Fury plans to return to training over Christmas and lose seven stone ahead of a heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua in 2018.

Fury has not fought since shocking Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015 to claim the IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) and IBO titles but is set to return to the ring next year.

The 29-year-old gave up his belts amid mental health issues and had his licence revoked after it was revealed he tested positive for cocaine.

Fury claimed to be retired but is now intent on returning to the sport to reclaim his titles, starting with a fight against reigning IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO champion Joshua in the middle of 2018.

"I've had two years out the ring and I'm fat as a pig, hairy as an animal but still as hungry as a lion. You have two years out the ring and it gives you that va-va-voom to get back in there and bust a few heads," he told Sky Sports.

"I've only got seven stone to lose, it's not like I've got 27 stone to lose. I'm looking at next year. I'm going to train over Christmas and get back in there next year.

"I've always been a world championship level type of guy, but there's only a few weightlifters to beat so I don't need too many warm-ups.

"I'm so happy and excited to potentially be a part of one of the biggest fights in British boxing history against Anthony Joshua.

"The public are going to relish the thought of making this fight happen.

"I think next summer is ideal and realistic. I'm not going do it in February or March because I'm not in shape, but I'll be back in shape by March, April, looking ripped and as sexy as ever."

As well as Joshua, Fury wants to take on WBC champion Deontay Wilder to ensure he has viewed as the top heavyweight of this era.

"The fact I owe Deontay Wilder a fight is good," he said.

"We've had a lot of back and forth. He don't like me and I don't like him, that's boxing, but at the end of the day there's only one way to settle it and that's to get into the ring and have a fight about it.

"There's only a couple of men that stand between me and everlasting glory. If I beat AJ and Wilder that means I'm the dominant heavyweight in my era.

"I've been out the ring two years now so that should make it quite even for these other guys to catch up a little bit."

The British Boxing Board of Control are waiting for Fury's legal team to agree a date for his UK Anti-Doping hearing to continue before his licence can be reinstated. He is confident a positive outcome will be reached.

"Everything's going really well. So far so good. The Board are going to do what they're going to do and I know they'll make the right decision. I don't know that much more than anybody else," he added.

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