Tyson Fury has signed for Frank Warren and will make his comeback on June 9 at the Manchester Arena.
Fury, the former WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion, will end an exile of over two-and-a-half years when he takes on an unnamed opponent in his home city.
Fury, the former unified heavyweight champion of the world, has been inactive since outpointing Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015.
In June 2016 he was charged with testing positive for a banned substance prior to that fight, although Fury insisted he “never knowingly or deliberately committed a violation”. He accepted a backdated two-year ban at the end of last year, allowing him to resume his career.
Fury has also struggled with chronic depression and recreational drug abuse during his spell away from the ring, but returned to training in the new year and has made good progress at Ricky Hatton’s gym in Manchester.
He sparred with Lucas Browne ahead of the Australian’s fight with Dillian Whyte and has grown increasingly vocal about an impending return, repeatedly calling on unified champion Anthony Joshua to fight him before the end of the year.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Fury sent a warning to the two current heavyweight champions. Discussing Joshua, Fury claimed: “He’s a big old dosser, belt carrier for me. By the time I get ready to fight, it’s going to be an easy fight. He’s looking for one punch all night.
“I have a tip for him, ‘get a handful of rice and throw it on me’, other than that he has no chance [of touching me]. He has no chance, he’s not the biggest puncher in the world. I’d outbox him for a few rounds and then I would knock him out.”
Across the pond, it is Wilder who holds the WBC title and Fury believes that he is the biggest threat in the division.
“Deontay is top of the pile, he’s dangerous until the last two seconds. He only needs one punc,” he says.
“Unlike AJ he has the agility to land punches from anywhere. They’re all very vulnerable and beatable.”
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