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Top Heavyweight Tyson Fury set for June Return in Manchester



The revitalization of the heavyweight division is continuing, as another player enters the title picture. This contender isn’t a new face, however. Tyson Fury is a very familiar name to heavyweight boxing fans, but vacated his titles in October 2016 because of anti-doping and health problems. He was set to make a comeback last year and targeted a fight with Deontay Wilder, but his suspension by the British Boxing Board of Control led to that return never happening.

His fans will be able to celebrate, however, because he’s once again scheduled to come back. The British Boxing Board of Control lifted his suspension in January, and his first fight since 2015 will take place on June 9th in Manchester. An opponent has not been found yet, and the event will be promoted by Frank Warren, who also works with WBO Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.

If Fury wants to take back his belts, he’ll have to go through Anthony Joshua. There’s also WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but Fury showed confidence in being able to win against either of them.

“I’m coming into the prime of my life now. I’m stronger, faster, more confident. Looking at the competition out there, it should be relatively easy… They’re all very vulnerable and very beatable too,” he told media. After being out of the sport, however, it looks like he’ll have to work his way back up to the top and earn a shot against one of the current title holders. Fury himself acknowledged that, claiming that it will be one of the longest heavyweight comebacks.

“It’s taken a long time to make it happen. It’s been a long, complex drawn-out situation, but the important thing is I’m back to claim what is rightfully mine. It’s going to be one of the longest comebacks in history of a heavyweight champion.”

He also called Joshua a belt-carrier for himself and said that he wouldn’t be able to land well against him, and also claimed that while Wilder only needs one punch to score a knockout, he’s not the best boxer in the world. There’s no solid reports on who Fury will face at this point, but whatever the opponent, his return should be a big draw as fans from the U.K. and elsewhere tune in to see if he’s still at the top of his game.

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