After nearly three years out of the ring, former world heavyweight champion boxer Tyson Fury is poised to make his comeback.
The Mancunian’s last fight came against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, when he stunned the Ukrainian to win by unanimous decision.
However, in the intervening period he has struggled with drug and mental health-related issues, and vacated his titles before being handed a backdated suspension from the sport. There have been suggestions of a return, but nothing concrete until now.
That suspension is over now, and promoter Frank Warren has confirmed Fury has signed with him ahead of a comeback fight this summer. So, what do we know about the 29-year-old’s return?
HE’S BACK!!! 👑— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) April 12, 2018
Delighted to announce @tyson_fury has signed a promotional deal with us.
June 9th at the @ManchesterArena is the first step back to reclaiming what is rightfully his.
Get ready because #HesBack
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When and where will the fight happen?
It is scheduled to take place on 9 June, at the Manchester Arena.
That’s nearly two years to the day since his original planned rematch with Klitschko, and at the same venue. That proposed bout was postponed at the time when Fury suffered an ankle injury, before being called off altogether later in 2016.
Klitschko instead fought Anthony Joshua in April 2017, losing by TKO in the 11th round.
Who will his opponent be?
No opponent has been announced, and it’s unclear at this stage whether one has been officially firmed up, but we’re bound to hear plenty of speculation in the coming weeks.
Klitschko retired after the Joshua fight, so that proposed rematch won’t go ahead unless the 42-year-old goes back on his decision to step away from the sport.
Joshua is unlikely to be Fury’s next opponent either: the Watford-born fighter is keen on a lucrative fight with Deontay Wilder, something he reiterated after defending his title with a points victory over Joseph Parker in March.
How much will it cost to attend?
At the time of writing, tickets range from £40 plus fees for tier 2 tickets all the way up to £400 plus fees for inner ring seats.
Some fans might be tempted to wait until an opponent is confirmed, though, while the undercard for the fight is also yet to be announced.