Tyson Fury will face Argentinian Gonzalo Omar Basile when he returns to the ring at London’s Copper Box Arena on February 15.
The Morecambe giant has not fought since victory over Steve Cunningham on his US debut back in April and will be a heavy favourite to remain unbeaten against a man whose 61-8 record suggests he won’t have enough to upset Fury.
The 25-year-old will want to put in an impressive showing against Basile however as he looks to work off some ring rust and set up a summer rematch with Dereck Chisora who is set to defend his European Heavyweight title in the headline bout of the Frank Warren show live on BoxNation.
Fury, 21-0 with 15 knockouts, said: “It’s been a while, but I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again and showing the world that Tyson Fury is back in action and on course for the world title.
“I wouldn’t say that rust has set in because I haven’t fought, I’m always training and in the gym sparring, but I’m now desperate to get in the ring at the Copper Box Arena in front of a big electric crowd and do what I was born and bred to, fight and win.
“Basile looks good, he’s experienced with 70 fights and has fought in plenty of title fights. He’s seen a lot in his career against the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka, but he’s never seen a man like Tyson Fury before.”
The heavily tattooed Basile, from Buenos Aires, is a veteran of 23 championship title fights in a near 10-year career and is the reigning IBF Latino champion.
The 39-year-old has rarely fought out of his home country however and has been stopped seven times, usually when he has stepped up in class.