It has been a long nine months since we last saw Tommy Fury in a boxing ring. Over the last couple of months, we have grown more accustomed to seeing him in a villa in the middle of Spain and on the red carpets, but all of that is about to change.
It was recently revealed that the brother of Tyson Fury would be back in the ring on the 21st December on the undercard of the bout between Daniel Dubois and Kyotaro Fujimoto. There were questions surrounding whether the reality star would ever return to the ring after rising to prominence on the 2019 edition of Love Island, but his brother admitted that he expected Tommy to return before the end of the year, and that has rung true.
There is currently no announced opponent for Fury, but that announcement is expected fairly soon with under a month to go before the event. Fury is trained by former world champion Ricky Hatton, and he admitted that while he loved doing the reality show, his professional career in boxing still takes precedence over everything else workwise.
The announced date of the 21st is just a day shy of the anniversary from his very first professional bout. That fight took place on the 22nd December 2018 and saw Fury beat Jevgenijs Andrejevs on points in Manchester. The light heavyweight then went on to face Callum Ide in an all-British clash in Leicester.
In this bout, Fury would win for the first time by KO. Anticipation for his next bout has been high since this appearance in March, and there is hope that he could become the next British champion in this weight class.
However, there are still questions surrounding Fury, and many of them haven’t been answered in his two previous bouts. Andrejevs wasn’t the calibre of opponent that Fury should get used to, as the 38-year-old has lost over a hundred times in his 16-year career.
Meanwhile, Ide also came into the bout with a poor record, having lost 29 of his 27 fights. The first-round knockout may look good on paper, but it does only tell half the story.
It will likely be another similar opponent for Fury as he tries to get back into the groove of being in a boxing ring. That will ensure that he will go into the fight as the favourite. His career is yet to take off, but there is still plenty of time for TNT to explode.
The crucial factor that he now must be aware of is the fact that he has a target on his back. As well as being the brother of one of the best heavyweights on the planet, he is also a household name. Fighters will look to use Fury as a stepping stone to further their own career, and he must be prepared for every fight. That would mean putting an end to his reality lifestyle if he wants to be a titleholder in the future. It is a cross-roads for Fury, and this next bout will tell us a lot about his future chances.