February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016
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FRANK BRUNO age 54 and a former world heavyweight champion, has confirmed he is training for a comeback. The ex-WBC champion retired in March 1996, following a second defeat to Mike Tyson that saw the title change hands. Now, almost 20 years after that loss, Bruno, who has been training for some time, told ITV’s This Morning programme he intends to return to the ring.

Bruno told This Morning hosts told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he needed to burn off energy and start boxing again.

“I’ve been in the gym all the time, that’s why I want to come back into boxing,” he explained. “I’m going back into boxing as well.”

Schofield asked, “Is that a good idea?”

Frank insisted: “I haven’t got a choice. I train every day.”

There are a number of potential barriers to Bruno’s intended comeback. Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, is over 50 and has not fought competitively in two decades, so may have trouble getting a license from the British Boxing Board of Control, though each case is judged on its merits and “Big Frank” looks to be in supreme physical condition.