The British Board of Boxing Control have given Fury the go ahead for a 2018 return

Tyson Fury has been estranged from boxing since being stripped of his heavyweight belts back in 2016. He has had an even rockier relationship with his proposed comeback.

The beauracracy involved in getting his boxing license back, has proven a source of frustration for Fury. The self proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ has had a lot to contend with in his planned return to the heavyweight boxing scene.

Fury was initially sidelined by a positive drugs test of cocaine. He had taken recreational drugs to deal with his mental health issues. It was depression that caused him to gain a lot of weight in exile.

Back in Summer, Fury announced on social media that he was back in training for a return. However, since then, Fury has almost decided to retire numerous times due to the delays and red tape in getting back. The former world champion also has an outstanding positive PED test dating back to his dark period, the hearing for which took until this year to occur.

The return was in jeopardy of never happening, despite Fury exchanging verbal barbs with Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs and heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua.

After months of being in Limbo, Fury’s prospective return appears to have turned a corner. Fury posted on social media yesterday (Tuesday) about being back in training. Following this, it was announced that the BBofC have cleared him to fight in 2018. This brings Fury’s dream of getting back inside the square circle, a step closer to reality.

Anthony Joshua is tied up with the other heavyweight champions and his mandatories. Although, Fury and Shannon Briggs have exchanged trash talk on social media of late. Could Fury face Briggs while Joshua deals with his current foes?