Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is inching closer to a boxing comeback after he recently inked an advisory deal with management company MTK Global.
Fury has not featured in the ring since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 after his boxing licence was revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) over a failed drug test and him admitting to using cocaine.
The "Gypsy King" however, is fully intent on returning in 2018 as he awaits the UK Anti-Doping body hearing set for December.
Back in the gym to shed his weight, the 29-year-old seems serious about getting his career back on track, especially as he will now be under the guidance of MTK Global.
"I couldn't be happier to sign an advisory deal with MTK Global," Fury said recently. "It is unbelievable how fast they have grown and what they have achieved in the past few years."
"I love boxing and I need it back in my life. Right now I'm working hard to shift some weight and get in shape to re-enter the ring.
"That won't take me long at all and then I'll be looking for my first opponent in early 2018."
Fury has called for a much-anticipated fight with fellow Briton and current WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next year, however, he has other options as well.
Most recently, Fury offered to fight Tony Bellew, whose high profile rematch with David Haye was called off after the latter suffered an injury.
"There are plenty of options for me," Fury explained. "Everyone wants to get in the ring for a payday with me. So we'll sit down and decide who we choose but everyone knows the fights I really want.
"I want to knock out Anthony Joshua and I want to knock out Deontay Wilder and I believe by the time those fights happen they will be to unify the heavyweight division."
As for MTK Global, the boxing management company is pleased with the addition of Fury and hope that he can turn his career around under their guidance.
"In many people's eyes Tyson is still the man in the heavyweight division," MTK Global director Paul Gibson said. "It is fantastic news for the sport that he is coming back to prove that fact in the ring.
"There are few bigger names in world boxing than Tyson Fury and we feel honoured he has chosen MTK Global to help guide him through what promises to be the most exciting phase of his illustrious career."