RICKY HATTON is backing Tyson Fury to dethrone Anthony Joshua.
The ex-unified world heavyweight champion’s anti-doping listening to will resume in December as a sensational return to the ring attracts nearer.
Fury, 29, seems to be on a collision course with IBF, WBA and IBO king Joshua, 28.
Former two-weight world champ Hatton was final week pictured alongside an out-of-shape Fury.
However he advised talkSPORT: “Do not let that image idiot you. He is in fine condition, he is really sparring. He sparred eight rounds within the gymnasium the opposite day. He seems rather well.
“He is misplaced three stone and he’d be the primary to confess he needs to lose one other 4, however the primary factor is he is setting his stall out.
“His motion and arms are actually quick and that is carrying a load of extra. He will not thoughts me saying that.
“As soon as he sheds that weight, along with his velocity and motion, if he fought Anthony Joshua he’d positively have the benefit. And with a bit of bit of additional weight on him he’d have a great likelihood.”
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Fury is focusing on a 2018 comeback and is already probing the largest names within the heavyweight division.
And Hatton, 39, is determined to see his fellow Mancunian regain his seat on the throne.
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He said: “Tyson’s had a few problems along the way.
“He’s been in my gym the last few weeks and he’s looking really happy. He’s looking like he’s got his mojo back and wants to train now, wants to get fit.
“We had a heavyweight champion of the world in Manchester which we could be really proud of.
“He’s had his problems but let’s give him a fair crack of the whip to get his life back together.”