Royal date on the cards for ‘King’ Tyson Fury

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Frank Warren says Tyson Fury fighting at the Royal Albert Hall on December 5 would be fitting for the man known as ‘The Gypsy King’.

The WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight champion (30-0-1) is being lined up for a UK homecoming bout. This after his planned trilogy match with Deontay Wilder fell through last week.

Warren was already looking to top the December 5 card at the iconic London venue with the big light-heavyweight showdown between Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur.

The biggest fish of all

But now it appears the bill may have an even bigger fish to headline – the world heavyweight champion. The show also helps to mark 40 years in the promotional business for Hall of Famer Warren.

Writing on his official website, he said: “It seems the cat – or rather the King, in this case – has been let out of the bag over our intention to add the heavyweight champion of the world to our December 5 card at the Royal Albert Hall, which will also serve to partly mark my 40 years as a licenced promoter.

“We had already revealed that the huge light heavyweight collision between Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur is due to take place on our December date at the historic Kensington concert hall, but Tyson once again performing within these shores would represent a significant boost to the sporting landscape in this country.

“He is undoubtedly the biggest star and biggest personality in the sport and with a successful London defence of his WBC world crown and Ring Magazine title under his belt we can then look forward to putting together an all-British mega-clash against Anthony Joshua and start painting a more optimistic sporting picture for 2021.”

Fury to join the greats

Warren explained the Fury’s homecoming could be fitting for another reason. For there is another notable anniversary coming up this year.

“It would be particularly fitting to have Tyson grace the Royal Albert Hall stage because the first world heavyweight champion to fight at the venue was Tommy Burns, 100 years ago this year. Slightly before my time, I must stress.

“It will represent another first for Tyson too, fighting on boxing’s grandest stage and joining the likes of Muhammad Ali (who fought twice in exhibition bouts), Henry Cooper and Lennox Lewis in doing so.”

A number of potential opponents have been mentioned for Fury. They include Colombian Oscar Rivas, Nigerian Efe Ajagba, German Agit Kabayel and American Michael Hunter.

It’s expected that if Fury comes out victorious, and Anthony Joshua defeats Kubrat Pulev a week later on December 12, that the pair will finally meet next summer.

It would be the biggest fight in British boxing history, a meeting of two British world heavyweight champions. It would also deliver the biggest paydays of their storied careers.