Fury wants to emulate Muhammad Ali as he targets Joshua

Tyson Fury wants to emulate Muhammad Ali by making a comeback after years on the sidelines – and is targeting Anthony Joshua.

The legendary Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight championship and spent nearly four years out of the ring after refusing to be drafted into the US army for the Vietnam War, before returning to eventually reclaim his titles against George Foreman in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’.

This is what's to come! The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me, same as Ali vs Forman the stylish Ali vs the mummy Forman! We all know what happens in this fight! I know you all got me whooped, but I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles ? & I have the mentality of a winner a man who has never lost a fight. A true champion coming back to claim his thrown, This is my era they are from my time, I must destroy them. AJ & Wilder I'm coming back for you pair my mission is seek & destroy the only thing on my mind is destruction who ever gets in my way will be dealt with accordingly. There's only 1 winner & that's the fans! Let's make the heavyweights great again, fight the best in the division, Fury= Lineal champ, Joshuar= Ibf-Ibo-wba Wilder= WBC. Parker= Wbo But to be fair Parker is only a young lad & is not on my radar he must gain experience & mature in to a big strong man. I hold my destiny in my own hands. May the best man win good luck everyone #letsgetthispartystarted 2018_2019 the world will see the best fights & see the true heavyweight king ? recrowned .

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Fury drew comparisons with current world heavyweight champion Joshua, posting on social media [sic]: “The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me.”

Fury, who at 29 is just months older than Ali was when he returned to boxing, remains undefeated having beaten Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 for the world title.

His statement continued [sic]: “I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles & I have the mentality of a winner a man who has never lost a fight. A true champion coming back to claim his thrown [sic], This is my era they are from my time, I must destroy them.”

Fury was quickly stripped of the IBF belt and then vacated his WBO and WBA versions due to mental health issues. He is currently without a boxing licence, pending the resumption of his hearing with UK Anti-Doping.

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports: “It’s quite simple, Fury’s legal team need to agree a date [to resume the hearing which was adjourned in May].

“At the present time, as I am standing here now, it hasn’t been agreed.

“We are ready to go. UKAD do all our anti-doping for us, they have an independent panel that is dealing with the case and we are trying to get a date finalised. But we are unable to do so because they [Fury’s legal team] haven’t confirmed one.

“Of course we want it done. We are as frustrated as anybody else, because I get questions about Fury on a regular basis, but ultimately it is up to them.”

Meanwhile, Joshua, who made a successful fourth defence of his IBF and WBA ‘super’ titles against Carlos Takam last weekend, has revealed that his promoter Eddie Hearn is in contact with Fury.

“Eddie has been on the phone to Tyson, trying to make things happen and support his cause,” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “This is a fight, down the line, that might happen.

“I wish him the best of luck with what he’s going through because we need to see him back in the ring.”

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