Tyson Fury has returned to the UK after his family holiday to Tenerife ahead of his undisputed world heavyweight title clash with Oleksandr Usyk later this year.
The Brit looks set to ink a deal to fight Usyk in the coming days as promoters work with sites in the Middle East to put together the huge event, which would see the first undisputed champion crowned in the division since Lennox Lewis in the early 2000s. No man has ever held all four major belts since the WBO strap became a top title, although Fury has won them all at different points.
Fury was spotted returning home with his wife Paris and their children, and was seen meeting fans and posing for pictures. He is now likely to return to his Morecambe training base, where he will resume working towards his title fight after an heated confrontation with the Ukrainian in the ring after his win over Derek Chisora last month.
One onlooker said Fury, who had just returned on a Ryanair flight despite being worth a reported £130million, said: "Tyson seemed super-relaxed at the airport. He was chatting with several fans who had gathered to grab their bags at the carousel for the Ryanair flight from Tenerife, which had arrived about 5.20 pm.
“He and Paris also looked extremely loved up. They were piling on the public displays of affection, hugging and kissing together - and they didn’t seem to mind who saw it. Paris and Tyson were together with their whole family, all the children. They waited around ten minutes for their bags to appear, with Tyson grabbing a bright pink one off the carousel.
“And when they were finally ready to set off for their car, Tyson roared 'C’mon gang, let’s go!' And the whole family followed him. He seemed like the leader of the pack. One of the younger kids threw a little tantrum at one point, putting their face on the floor and being a big naughty, but Paris swooped in and pulled them up and within moments.
"She’s got them up again, and they were on their way. She seemed like she was in control of the situation. They later headed for the front of the airport where cars and taxis line up to whisk people away."
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Fury's promoter Frank Warren has said that the heavyweight duo are expected to field offers towards the end of the week from a number of sites that could host the bout. If a deal can't be reached, negotiations would need to restart for a date at Wembley Stadium in London, which would be preferred by fans but a less financially lucrative option.
"We're very far down the road," Warren told TalkSPORT yesterday. "There's just a couple of things we've got to work on, I don't really want to go into details at the moment because it's not fair when we're trying to conduct this stuff where we get to a stage where we can announce fairly soon. That's what we're working on but we all think it's going to happen.
"We're expecting a couple of offers this week and then we, well, Tyson, has got to make his decision. I hope it's going to happen at the end of March, early April that's what we're looking at for this moment. Fingers crossed we get it over the line for that date but it will definitely, definitely happen."
The delay has concerned boxing fans, who were expecting to see the fight as early as February after Fury emerged unscathed from a ten round clash with Derek Chisora in December. He and Usyk had an heated face-off, and have since traded call-out videos on social media where they have mocked each other and pushed for the fight.