WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury recently expressed his delight when he met a die-hard fan who had a large tattoo of Fury on his back. Fury is currently in Australia, supporting his training partner and friend Joseph Parker.
Fury received a warm welcome upon his arrival and even came across a super-fan who had the heavyweight icon tattooed on him. The tattoo showed Fury celebrating his victory over Deontay Wilder in 2020.
Parker is set to face Faiga Opel in Melbourne, and Fury has traveled to support him. During Fury’s visit, it was revealed that he could potentially compete against Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean.
McKean’s manager Angelo Di Carlo expressed interest in a matchup between McKean and Fury. Talks have already begun, and the two teams are hoping to schedule the bout for August.
Angelo Di Carlo told The Herald Sun: “Chats began some time ago for Demsey to fight Tyson Fury in Australia and I think Demsey is the best option for the Gypsy King. We’re certainly keen to do the fight. We’ve had a good association with Matchroom and we have great respect for Eddie Hearn, but I’ll have more talks with Fury’s camp and see where that takes us.”
“If Tyson Fury wants to fight in Australia, the logical option is to fight an Aussie fighter and talking to Fury’s people, they don’t want to fight a small heavyweight. We’ve been given a possible date to fight Fury in August, so hopefully we can make it happen.”
McKean is currently signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotion and holds an undefeated record of 22-0 with 14 knockouts. He was previously brought in as a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua before Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021.
McKean was also considered as a potential opponent for Joshua this year. However, Jermaine Franklin was chosen instead.
After the breakdown of negotiations for a heavyweight undisputed title matchup against Usyk, Fury had been looking for his next opponent. He had plans to compete at Wembley Stadium in the summer but faced difficulties finding available opponents.
As a result, he expressed interest in competing in Australia and mentioned the possibility of his next bout taking place there. Fury and his team are currently exploring different states and venues in Australia while considering potential opponents.
Fury commented on the enthusiastic boxing fanbase in Australia, acknowledging their passion for the sport. He said: “I’m definitely keen, it may even be my next fight, over here. I just haven’t got an opponent yet, so we’re going to figure it out.”
“Over the next few days we’re going to be travelling around to a few different states and looking at some potential venues for my next fight. Australians are always crazy boxing fans, so it would be great to get the Gypsy King Down Under.”
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