Tyson Fury is eyeing a February ring return.
The unbeaten Morecambe giant wants a warm-up fight next month having been out of the ring since April after seeing his proposed £10 million battle of Britain with David Haye postponed and then cancelled for good.
The 25-year-old, currently training in the south of France with uncle and trainer Peter Fury, told Steve Bunce’s Boxing Podcast: “I’m in training now and I’ll be ready in early February to fight but I’ve no idea who it’s going to be yet.
“There’s no guarantee who we can get four or five weeks away so ideally it will be some journeyman so I can just get some rounds in and then I’m prepared and ready.”
Fury, whose unbeaten 21-fight record includes 15 knockouts, is then open to a rematch with fellow Brit Dereck Chisora on the way to a possible world heavyweight title shot in 2014.
Both fighters talked up the fight on Twitter and seem to be keen on locking horns again after Fury beat an out of shape Chisora for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles back in July 2011.
On his hopes for the next 12 months, Fury said: “I hoping to keep busy, have a few good fights, get a world title fight and make plenty of money.
“There’s a lot of fighters who are pretend boxers and they don’t really want to fight, I’ll mention no names...Wladmimir Klitschko, David Haye, Deontay Wilder.
“You’ve got to look at people who will fight and I know one person who will definitely fight and that’s Dereck Chisora.
“I already whooped him once as Muhammad Ali would say and hopefully he can give me a better fight this time now he’s European champion.
“So I’d take that fight later in the year.”