Bunce: Tyson Fury will fight by May 2018
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will be back inside the ring fighting by May of next year, according to Steve Bunce of ESPN. He says Fury will be chasing the big names – Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker – by November of 2018.
Bunce says Fury will have no problems losing all the weight that he’s put on because it’s “flab” weight, and not muscle weight. Bunce views Fury’s job as being much easier to trim down to his old fighting weight compared to fighters trying to lose solid muscle to get down to a lighter weight class to fight.
“A big lad like that can shift the weight easily,” said Steve Bunce to ESPN in talking about Tyson Fury. “He’s been running. If he alters his diet for 2 weeks and he runs every other day, he’ll shift 2 ½ stones,” said Bunce.
From the video of Fury’s workouts, he’s not running, he’s walking and having a tough time of it thus far. It’s likely that Fury is too heavy right now for him to be running. To get the stage where Fury is running, he’s probably going to need to get less than 300 pounds. If Fury starts running now, it’ll play havoc on his knees.
Fury’s problem is he’s carrying around a heck of a lot more than just an extra 2 ½ stones of spare flab. Fury looks to have an extra 100 pounds of fat to lose, and it might even be more than that.
Losing that kind of weight becomes a medical issue. Fury must take the weight off the right way or else he could hurt himself. To be sure, Fury has lost weight in the past. He’s obviously been in the 300-pound region in the past in needing to trim down 50 pounds to get to the 250s, but he’s never been this big.
”This is the fight boxing needs, said Bunce in talking about Joshua vs. Fury. ”Tyson Fury is coming back. He’ll fight by May, and he’ll be fighting Joshua, Wilder and Parker. He’ll be chasing them by November,” said Bunce.
Bunce might be right about Fury fighting in May. I can see that happening. But if Fury does fight in May, he’s still likely going to be very heavy. That’s 6 months away. To get all the weight off, Fury might need to go beyond May into July. Of course, that depends on what Fury does after he wins his first comeback fight in early 2018. If Fury celebrates by eating and drinking for a month or two, he’s going to pack on the weight quickly, and wreck all the good that he did in losing the weight.