When Tyson Fury gets back into the ring on Saturday night at Windsor Park in Belfast as an undercard before Carl Frampton's homecoming fight against Luke Jackson he will be taking another step towards the pinnacle of boxing.
He is facing Francesco Pianeta of Italy in what is his second bout since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 as he builds up to facing Deontay Wilder and, ultimately, his fellow Brit Anthony Joshua. The 30-year-old is undefeated in 26 and will view Pianeta as a chance to get further sharpness in the ring.
"I'm feeling healthy as a trout, fit as a flea. I'm very happy, everything is going smoothly, injury-free, training is going well. Just the same routine day in, day out for the last 10 weeks. I've had two or three days off since my last fight, I got straight back in the gym,” Fury said.
Fury has head to shed over eight stone after a break from the sport following some well-documented personal issues, but he looks back to his best shape ahead of the Belfast date.
"I can't be any fitter than I was when I fought Sefer [his return fight]. There's only a certain amount of fitness you can do in boxing, it's not about fitness, to be honest. If you're going to be in a fight you have to be fit anyway. You shouldn't be taking fights if you're not fit.”
As always for the sport’s top fights, Tipbet.com has Fury against Pianeta covered. At 1.0 in the odds, clearly the Mancunian will prevail easily unless something catastrophic happens, though there is still likely to be some competitive rounds – the bout is expected to take place after 9pm CEST.