Tyson Fury confirms UK return for December 5

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Tyson Fury has confirmed that he will make his UK homecoming when he fights in London on Saturday December 5.

‘The Gypsy King’ had been expected to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight, likely in Las Vegas, before the end of 2020.

But time ran out on that particular match when a plan for December 19 at Allegiant Stadium was scuppered by a packed American football on US TV that day.

Fury then announced he was “moving on” from Wilder, desperate as he was to return to the ring before the end of 2020.

And now he will fight in the UK for the first time since 2018, and the bout is expected to take place at the Royal Albert Hall.

He said on Twitter: “I’d just like to announce that I’m definitely fighting December 5th in London in the UK. Opponent to be announced very very soon, just working on some opponents. I’ll let you all know who it’s gonna be shortly. Watch this space.”

Tyson Fury December 5 opponent

Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum provided an update earlier this week on the frontrunners to face Fury on December 5. They are French veteran Carlos Takam (39-5-1) and German Agit Kabayel (20-0).

Neither would be expected to give Fury a major fright. Instead, more of a tune-up fight as he looks to set up a mammoth showdown with Anthony Joshua.

Fury and Joshua remember have already agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. They would share revenues 50-50 in the first bout. The winner would take a 60-40 share for the rematch.

It is still hoped a Fury vs Joshua clash would be for the undisputed world heavyweight title. Fury is the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal champion. Joshua meanwhile holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

While Fury has that December 5 date to take care of, Joshua must overcome Kubrat Pulev on December 12. That fight will take place also in London, at the O2 Arena.