Now deep into his comeback training camp, the real heavyweight champion of the world is officially back – and we got some one-on-one time with him to get the inside track on what’s to come.
We joined Tyson Fury, Terry Flanagan, Frank Warren and co at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the official press conference announcing the Gypsy King’s comeback after more than 2 years out of the ring.
June 9th will be a night of firsts; Flanagan is in contention for the vacant WBO world super-lightweight title in his first fight at 140lbs, and Fury makes his long-awaited comeback fighting in Manchester – his home turf – for the first time as a professional.
Despite battling with his mental health during his time off, getting away from the ring – by his own admission – was good for Fury. Spending time with family, rekindling his love for the sport and having something to work towards is the key to his current happiness, and as he puts it, ‘a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter’.
That something to work towards is one of the biggest fights in British Boxing history. Should Anthony Joshua take the Wilder fight and win, there’s no matchup fight fans would rather see than Fury – Joshua, with Warren believing it would be the biggest sporting event of his lifetime. Now that’s how to promote a fight.
If this is all sounding a bit serious, rest assured the magnetism of the Gypsy King is back in full force. Typically cracking-wise throughout the conference, all that’s left is coaxing a song out of the world heavyweight crooning champion. Shouldn’t be too difficult:
Tyson Fury’s comeback fight is at the Manchester Arena on June 9th, his opponent will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the Lowdown and the Footasylum YouTube channel for updates.