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Former heavyweight kingpin Tyson Fury announced his highly anticipated return to the ring at a London press conference on Thursday, indicating that he his first comeback fight will take place on June 9 at the Manchester Arena.
Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) hasn’t fought since dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. He was scheduled to fight a contractually mandated rematch with Klitschko in 2016 before a training injury, a bout with depression and substance abuse, and a suspension for a failed drug test derailed those plans and kept him out of the ring for over two years. Fury announced his intentions to resume his career late last fall, following the lifting of his suspension, and he has spent the last several months getting himself back into fighting shape after having blown up considerably in weight.
As far as how Fury thinks he stacks up in the current heavyweight landscape, the big man said “29 years old, coming into the prime of me life, I’m stronger now, faster, holding more muscle mass than I’ve ever done…Looking at the competition out there, it should be relatively easy.”
Fury’s comeback will be promoted by Frank Warren and although an opponent for his June 9 bout has not been named, rumours have cited American journeyman Kevin Johnson as a probable foe.
If all goes well with his first comeback, boxing fans will be salivating over the likes of potential matchups with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder down the road.
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