Tyson Fury will fight for the first time in nearly three years when he returns to the ring in Manchester Arena on June 9.
The former world heavyweight champion, who has signed with promoter Frank Warren to launch his comeback, is yet to reveal an opponent for the bout. Fury has been preparing to return since January after his suspension on his boxing licence was lifted by British Boxing Board of Control.
The 29-year-old last fought in November 2015 when he outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titles
Fury’s long lay-off included a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping in December after he was charged with testing positive for a “prohibited substance” in June 2016.
Since returning to the gym earlier this year, the orthodox fighter says he has been “working very, very hard, seven days a week” with new trainer Ben Davison in a bid to build up fitness after Fury piled on weight during his three year absence.
Fury has dismissed the theory he may have been frustrated to be away from boxing while Anthony Joshua has stepped into the spotlight and claimed the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts.
At a press conference in London on Thursday, Fury said: “I’ve got to congratulate the fella, he’s done very well. I hope he makes 10 times more money than he’s already got. It’s not been frustrating at all.”
“I can’t wait to get in there and prove I am the best even after all this time out.”
Fury also admitted that he believes Deontay Wilder is “top of the pile” of the current crop of heavyweights but insisted “they’re all very vulnerable and very beatable too”.
He sensationally quipped that he could come back, take on a unified champion, land all the heavyweight belts and retire – but a world title fight is clearly some way off.
Promoter Warren suggested Fury would need “three or four fights” before being ready to take on the best in the business.
“He’s going to be busy. He needs to get some rounds under his belt,” Warren said.
“He needs to get himself fighting fit. He’s fit but he needs to be fighting fit.”
Warren also stressed that it will be Fury who will determine the pace of his return.
“The agenda will be Tyson’s agenda.”