Tyson Fury declares: ‘I am ready to fight’

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Tyson Fury announces the date and venue of his comeback and speaks to the media, writes John Dennen

TYSON FURY has returned. After an absence that extended for more than two years, the former heavyweight champion of the world will box again, on June 9 at the Manchester Arena.

Looking like his old self in fact, Fury addressed the media at the Four Seasons hotel in London on Thursday. “The best heavyweight in the world,” Fury said of himself. “It’s been a long, complex drawn out situation. I’m glad it’s behind me now.

“I’m back to reclaim what is rightfully mine and that’s the world. I hold it in my hand right there.”

He continued, “It’s going to be an interesting journey. There’s a lot of challenges I’m looking forward to.”

He has a signed a multi-fight deal with Frank Warren, who will promote the June event. “It’s his comeback fight, he’s been out the ring, it’s been a long journey for him,” Warren said. “We’re going to get him to a position to challenge for the world titles, the titles that he never lost in the ring.”

The plan is to win back the heavyweight titles but Warren insists that there will be no rush. Fury is expected to have three to four tune up bouts to get himself back into fighting condition before he challenges the reigning world champions. “I’ll fight Carl Froch in my first fight back,” quipped Fury. “Or Prince Naz [Naseem Hamed]. He’s looking a bit beefy.”

Anthony Joshua has unified the WBO, WBA and IBF titles and is a superstar in world boxing. He is the natural target eventually for Fury. But that won’t be happening any time soon. America’s Deontay Wilder is also making waves in the States and holds the WBC belt.

But Warren warns, “Until the fight him, they can’t consider themselves to be the champion.”

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Fury concluded, “Today what we have is sluggers is and wild punchers and I’m looking forward to putting on a display.

“I am ready to fight.”

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