Tyson Fury returns to the ring this weekend against Joey Abell nearly 10 months after his last outing when he came off the canvas before overpowering Steve Cunningham in the seventh round.
His long layoff was the consequences of David Haye twice pulling out of a scheduled domestic extravaganza, developments that left Fury frustrated and that delayed his desired route to the heavyweight title.
At 25, Fury is still very young in heavyweight terms—by some counts he is the only top-10 heavy under the age of 30. But Fury is confident and ambitious, and perhaps he doesn't have a personality suited to slow, steady progression, so he will be hoping to challenge for the title as soon as possible, ideally this year.
To fulfill that ambition, here are two opponents Fury should try to beat, two things he could do outside of the ring and two things he needs to do inside the gym.