Tyson Fury is on the comeback trail and is aiming to lose around eight stone in weight as he looks to set up an all-British heavyweight championship fight against Anthony Joshua, a man who he claims he will “box rings around”.

Fury hasn’t fought since he became the world champion by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has since had his boxing licence stripped after issues with drugs.

Fury says he is aiming to be back fighting in July, on the undercard of a show at London’s Copper Box Arena, on the basis that he’s given his licence back by the British Boxing Board of Control.

After that, he has his sights set on Joshua, and he is confident that he can beat the champion.

He told the BBC:

Joshua is a big man with a puncher’s chance and has no footwork, no speed or stamina. He is what you call a boxer’s dream. I’ve had 18 months out and ballooned up to 26 stone. I could come back with no comeback fights and still box rings around that body builder. I always said Wladimir would be my easiest fight. Now I change the goal posts, AJ will be my easiest fight.  I’ve never been more confident or serious when I say something, I will play with Joshua like a cat with a ball of wool – hands behind my back, making a right mug of him. We are in the business of sweet science. Sweet science does not consist of a body beautiful, iron pumping big fella. It’s feinting, jabbing, moving, gliding around the ring, that’s the sweet science.

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Fury admitted that he did watch the Joshua v Klitschko fight and although he enjoyed it, he says he saw things in AJ’s performance that he could exploit.

Joshua was supposed to walk right through him as he was old and useless supposedly, but it didn’t work like that did it? Klitschko’s been out of the ring 18 months and had a 50-50 fight with a so-called killer. I will rip the fraud from the division.