By Thomas Lyons
The moment boxing fans have all been waiting for. The return of the lineal heavyweight champion, on June 9 in his hometown of Manchester, where Tyson Fury will be aiming to reclaim those titles he didn’t lose in the ring. Overcoming many obstacles along the way and personal issues he had to tackle head-on, Fury is fitter and focused on taking back top spot in the thriving division.
There was constant speculation about whether Fury would be able to defeat his demons and defy the odds, making a return to the boxing ring and who’d be able to present him with the opportunity to win back his belts. Fury has remained loyal to his longtime friend and promoter Frank Warren and the pair will carry out their business during this crunch period for heavyweight boxing with so many mega fights, both domestically and internationally, to be made.
Over two and a half years since Fury dethroned Klitschko in Dusseldorf to put an end to his eleven-year reign as champion, the ‘Gypsy-King’ has been inactive ever since that memorable moment in Germany and after getting back his license from the British Boxing Board of Control, he has confirmed his comeback, scheduled for the Manchester Arena, on June 9. By persisting with his weight loss programme and recovering from recreational drug use, Fury feels he is coming into the prime of his life and looking forward to the long-term goal.
A lot of potential names have been thrown into the equation with the likes of Shannon Briggs, Manuel Charr, Dominic Breazeale and Carlos Takam, tipped by the bookmakers. Even though the wider public’s eyes will be peeled towards the AJ and Wilder fights for the future, with the war of words between both sides going back and forth on social media and taunting one another, Fury needs to focus on getting himself fighting fit and shaking off any ring rust before stepping back up to the elite level to compete with the big dogs in the division.
Whether Fury is able to rewind the clocks back to the Klitschko fight and replicate that kind of performance remains to be seen but one thing is for certain, is that the 29-year old has that hunger back in himself to make history once again and silence the critics who cast a dark shadow over his achievements and ridiculed him when he reigned supreme at the top, before relinquishing those belts and opening up the division for all the other contenders.