Tyson Fury is looking for an opponent, and Martin Bakole is ready and willing to occupy the other corner.
The WBC World Heavyweight Champion demanded his promoters present him with a fight over the next few months, and it has since been said that it will be organised for September.
Oleksandr Usyk is the man the boxing world wants to see in with Fury, but those talks are expected to be restarted for December after both men have had a separate fight in between.
With Anthony Joshua ruled out, it seems Fury will be making a good old mandatory defence of his title, and his US promoter, Bob Arum, has pointed at number seven ranked Martin Bakole as a ‘good possibility.’
Speaking to Boxing Social, Bakole’s coach, Billy Nelson, said they would take the fight no problem.
“100% Martin would fight Tyson Fury and, in my opinion, give him a career hardest fight. They have sparred each other and the styles blend. Both respect each other enormously.”
Bakole helped Fury prepare for his Dillian Whyte fight last year, and has since claimed to be a nightmare in sparring for the top dogs in the division.
Having recently signed a promotional pact with Sky Sports and BOXXER – something that could stand in the way of the Fury fight – he’s being pushed as a top contender after a good win over Tony Yoka in 2022.
Despite the positive comments from Arum, Nelson says there has been no conversations behind the scenes yet.
“No approach has been made as yet. Let’s see what happens – boxing can be a very fickle sport.”
Warren is keen on getting something signed and delivered over the coming weeks, so it may be that they have someone else in mind. If not, Bakole is ready and waiting for the call.