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Tyson Fury announces May 13 return

The former heavyweight champ says he’ll be back in action this spring against an opponent to be determined.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

“Return of the MAC” tweets an enthusiastic Tyson Fury. I bet Mark Morrison hasn’t been this emotional since the ‘90s.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he’ll be back in action on May 13 against an opponent to be named after being out of action since November 28, 2015. On that night Fury experienced the ultimate come-up, relieving Wladimir Klitschko of his cache of world titles.

Cloud 9 would be fleeting, though, with Fury getting stripped of one of those major world titles less than two weeks after he won it — all because he was contractually obligated to give Klitschko a rematch and therefore couldn’t make the IBF’s mandatory title defense.

Things would get worse even still. The contracted rematch with Klitschko would never come to pass with Fury twice pulling out of the fight before it was set to happen. Mix in depression, alcohol, a lot of nose candy, drug tests, and several sanctioning bodies and commissions at their wits end, and Fury was essentially forced to vacate all his remaining titles otherwise be stripped.

It still wasn’t over, though. The British Boxing Board of Control would soon after suspend Fury’s boxing license (even if it was just a formality by then) and things seemed to hit rock bottom rather quickly for Fury.

One would think that Fury might still have some unresolved issues to deal with before being licensed to fight again, yet he seems pretty enthusastic about a quick return. God bless him. One thing for certain and two things for sure: with Tyson Fury you can never really tell...

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