Never say that Tyson Fury doesn't want to stay active. The controversial, 6'9" heavyweight is set for action on February 15 in London against Argentina's Gonzalo Omar Basile, in a fight everyone believes should be a cakewalk for Fury, after which he intends to turn right around and fight again in April before finalizing a WBO eliminator against old foe Dereck Chisora.
Fury routed Chisora back in July 2011, but it's fair to say that both of them appear to have taken their boxing careers more seriously since that time.
"Both of us were inexperienced back then with fourteen fights a piece," said Fury. "Chisora was out of shape and I wasn't in the best of condition either. At that time it was a good matchup between two up and coming fighters, but there's a lot more on the table now.
"This time Chisora will be in good shape, because he's been in top condition for his last four fights, and he also has the experience of going twelve rounds with Vitali Klitschko," Fury added. "It's a much better fight and a much bigger event."
Fury (21-0, 15 KO) has basically lost a year of his young career messing about with negotiations to face Haye, a fight that was finalized for September 28 before Haye postponed due to a cut in camp. Shortly after that, Haye canceled entirely, claiming a shoulder surgery he'd had could potentially (likely) end his boxing career.
Fury's camp has never really bought the "excuses" or reasons given for the Haye fight not happening, and have vowed to never again do business with him. Fury is apparently operating on a new deal that will see him fight on Frank Warren's BoxNation, though for now Mick Hennessy remains his promoter. Boxing on Channel 5 appears to have perhaps not taken off as hoped, with Fury, James DeGale, Chris Eubank Jr, and Kid Galahad the keys to that relationship. That or Channel 5 just decided they're not that interested in the sport after all. It happens. A lot.
Chisora (19-4, 13 KO) also has a fight set for February 15, but given it's January 25 and he has no official opponent, nothing much is expected. The focus is on getting he and Fury into a big British rematch in the summer, with world title implications at stake.