Outspoken British heavyweight Tyson Fury confirms first boxing bout since doping ban

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"It's got to be one of the longest comebacks in heavyweight history for a world champion".

That would see WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua entering the ring against WBC heavyweight title holder Wilder first, with Fury enjoying a couple of warm-up fights before taking on the victor of that grudge match later in the year - New Year's Eve fights are always big business in boxing, after all. There are a few people out there saying they're the best but they're wrong'.

Fury has not fought since beating the previously undefeated Wladimir Klitschko to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles in November 2015.

"The Heavyweight division should now be put on notice because the lineal Champion will be back on June 9th and will be looking to pick back up where he left off", said Warren.

"I'm the fittest that I've ever been".

Compatriot Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic champion, now holds those belts as well as the IBO one and is hoping to become undisputed champion if a fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder can be arranged. "Hopefully he can be patient but, if not, I don't think it would make sense giving up this belt so if I have to fight Povetkin then so be it".

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"I am certain the boxing public - who he never lost the affection of - will get behind him in force and support his journey".

Boxing News says that Fury's return will "set the wheels in motion" for a potential superfight with Joshua next year. "He has no chance, he's not the biggest puncher in the world".

Fury believes the current heavyweight title holders are "sluggers and wild punchers". "He's risky until the last two seconds".

"Unlike AJ he has the agility to land punches from anywhere".

In a press conference, it was announced that Fury has signed with promoter Frank Warren and that his first fight back will take place on June 9 at the Manchester Arena. "They're all very vulnerable and beatable".

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