It has been announced that Irish heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will return to the ring on July 7th in Blackpool against an opponent that has not yet been confirmed.
The fight, as usual, will be televised live on Channel 5. The bout will take place on the same day as Wladimir Klitschko against Tony Thompson for the world heavyweight title and also Kell Brook Vs Carson Jones, which will be shown live around the same time on SkySports.
This is a perfect opportunity for Fury to step up his level of opposition but at the moment, it doesn't look like he will do so. Former world title challenger Audley Harrison called out the 6"9 giant earlier this week but Fury claims that 'A-Force' doesn't deserve to share the ring with him. But to be honest, Harrison would be a huge step up from the types of fightes that Fury has been facing recently. His last notable opponent was Dereck Chisora, who was terribly out-of-shape when they met last year. SInce then he has fought Nikolai Firtha, Neven Pajkic and most recently Martin Rogan. None of these fighters are even seen as 'B-class' boxers. Rogan did beat Audley but that was a long time ago now and since then Rogan has been on a big decline.
Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy has said many times that Fury will take on a "world-class opponent" very soon but that has never actually happened. There were once rumours of a fight with WBA heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin but that can't happen as Povetkin is set to fight on the undercard of David Haye Vs Dereck Chisora on July 14th.
The only other man that has been mentioned is Matt Skelton who is definitely not the type of guy that the fans want to see Fury in with.
An opponent will be announced very soon, but don't bank your heart on it being a "world-class" fighter as Hennessy so often says.