In what could be considered a significant step towards getting his boxing career back on track, former heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury has inked a deal with MTK Global over the holiday weekend, as reported by ESPN.
MTK Global is a growing management firm that founded by Matthew Macklin which now represents a number of British boxing stars — including Carl Frampton, Billy Joe Saunders, and prospect Michael Conlan.
"I couldn't be happier to sign an advisory deal with MTK Global," Fury said. "It is unbelievable how fast they have grown and what they have achieved in the past few years. I spoke to my mate (and middleweight world titleholder) Billy Joe Saunders and he only had good things to say about MTK so it was an easy decision to go with them."
Fury, 29, has been out of action since dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in late 2015, and has since been dealing with a number of personal demons (drugs, alcohol, and depression) which ultimately got his boxing license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.
The former champion also has to deal with U.K. Anti-Doping for an outstanding issue stemming from a failed drug test in 2015, and it’s presumed that Fury’s hearing with will be held in the coming month. In the interim, Fury has been making a lot of noise calling out all the top heavyweights.
"There are plenty of options for me. 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."
With that being said, Fury still has some ways to go before any of those fights can happen. But perhaps this is a legitimate step in the right direction.