Tyson Fury has signed for Frank Warren and will make his comeback on June 9 at the Manchester Arena.
Fury, the former WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion, will end an exile of over two-and-a-half years when he takes on an unnamed opponent in his home city.
He has signed a promotional deal with Warren, who presented him at a news conference on Thursday, announcing a multi-fight deal.
“I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. Timing, reflexes, everything is better than it’s ever been. I kid you not,” Fury insisted.
“Everything is still there. I’m 29 years old, coming into the prime of my life, I’m stronger and faster, holding more muscle mass than ever. I’m more confident looking at the competition.”
Fury has been inactive since outpointing Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015.
In June 2016 he was charged with testing positive for a banned substance prior to that fight, although Fury insisted he “never knowingly or deliberately committed a violation”. He accepted a backdated two-year ban at the end of last year, allowing him to resume his career.
Fury has also struggled with chronic depression and recreational drug abuse during his spell away from the ring, but returned to training in the new year and has made good progress at Ricky Hatton’s gym in Manchester.
In the time that Fury has been absent Anthony Joshua has risen from Commonwealth heavyweight champion to the WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder, while Deontay Wilder has the WBC belt. But Fury believes that Joshua will be no match for him.
“It’s going to be an easy fight, no contest,” he said of a potential match-up with the champion. “He is looking for one punch all night. Anybody who can move a little bit, and throw feints, he struggles with. He can’t land.
“I’d outbox him for a few rounds then I’d knock him out.”
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