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Tyson Fury plans summer return, but opponent remains a mystery

Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Tyson Fury is at it again.

The WBC heavyweight champion is again naming men he would like to fight with no genuine negotiations taking place.

This time around the 34-year-old Fury 33-0-1 (24) has called out a pair of MMA fighters for a boxing match.

In a video posted to Instagram, Fury said: “Here’s a thought, how about this? How about I fight Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou on the same night? How about that? That’s how much I value them two bums. Get up! Let’s go boys.”

Earlier, Fury teased a return to the ring. His last fight was a trilogy bout against 39-year-old gatekeeper Derek Chisora 33-13 (23) in December that he won by 10th round knockout.

“Hoping to announce a big fight very very soon,” Fury said on his Instagram story. “Stay tuned, I’m working hard, I’m in the gym. Summertime ready, getting them abs out, or flabs shall I say for me, but then again it helped me 33 times in a row so that don’t really matter. Stay tuned, big news imminent.”

The only solid offer to Fury looks to be from Skill Challenge Entertainment of Saudi Arabia, who are pitching a four-belt unification bout against WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13). The 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw, who was previously the undisputed cruiserweight champion, has already signed a promotional agreement with Skill Challenge Entertainment.

The plan is to have Fury-Usyk top the card with former heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) and Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) battling it out in the main support bout.

Amer Abdallah of Skill Challenge Entertainment of Saudi Arabia says a lucrative offer to Fury to face Usyk will be tabled soon.

“The premium offer will be coming soon, it will be based on the market value and demand of the fight. Tyson is frustrated, he wants to fight. If he can land something in September or October and then clear himself for December, we would love to make that offer,” Abdallah told talkSPORT.

“It will be a premium price, we would never insult anybody with the offer. Prince Khaled when he makes an offer, they are big offers and he has no problem doing that. He is backed by the Ministry of Sport and everybody within the region. The offer will be there but it’s not going be a negotiation, it will be ‘Here’s a great premium price’. We would love to make the fight happen.

“It’s very easy sometimes in boxing for us to pound our chest and say ‘Take it or leave it’ but I would never want to insult somebody by saying ‘Listen, here’s the offer, take it or leave it’. Even if the offer was phenomenal, that’s not how you do business. We know going into this that the offer is very fair offer. We would love to work with Tyson and bring him to the Kingdom.”