TYSON FURY is in line to make a return to the ring for September – and could face former Anthony Joshua foe Charles Martin.
The Gyspy King fought for the first time after contentious draw to Deontay Wilder at the of 2018 by smashing little-known Tom Schwarz in two rounds last month.
Promoter Bob Arum told The Athletic despite talks for the Brit to fight on October 5 in New York, a return for September 14 or 21 in Las Vegas is now the new plan.
Former IBF heavyweight champion Martin – who only won the vacant belt after Vyacheslav Glazkov hurt his knee during their 2016 fight – is said to be a potential opponent for Fury.
The self-proclaimed “Prince” sat down for AJ in April 2016 in what was Joshua’s coronation night.
After falling victim to two counter right hands that sat Martin on the seat of his pants, the American looked content to remain on the deck and pocket his £5million purse in peace.
The former champion won twice more, against Byron Polley and Mike Marrone, after his loss in London before defeat to prospect Adam Kownacki last year.
Two victories this year, over Gregory Corbin and Daniel Martz, has the PBC promoted heavyweight gaining momentum.
Accessing Martin as a step up from Schwarz in terms of testing Fury in the ring is hard to judge, though the southpaw certainly comes with much higher recognition.
After the Gypsy King highly impressed on his Vegas debut, blasting out an undermatched opponent in style, Arum and UK promoter Frank Warren detailed plans to fight a US name next.
Fury wanted drug banned Jarrell Miller – who is still serving a six month suspension following failed tests prior to his proposed world title fight against Joshua in June.
Unbeaten Trevor Bryan was also named by the 30-year-old traveller, who is by far the most competitive fight for the Brit ahead of his rematch with Wilder next year.
Fury claims the second fight against the WBC king is “signed” for February.
Though The Bronze Bomber’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to SunSport on Thursday no date for the rematch has been finalised.
Martin stands at 6ft 5in, the same as Schwarz, who was selected to help Fury prepare to face 6ft 7in Wilder.
The main concern, however, is Martin is a southpaw.
But Fury boxed Francesco Pianeta, also a lefty, in the bout before he was unlucky not to have outpointed Wilder last December.
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