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Tyson Fury gets opponent for June 9 return

Tyson Fury will face Sefer Seferi in a few weeks.

Boxing at Elland Road Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is set to finally return to the ring, as he’ll be back in action on June 9 facing Sefer Seferi in Manchester.

Fury (25-0, 18 KO) hasn’t fought since November 2015, when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the champion of the world, winning the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts. Since then, he’s had a rematch with Klitschko canceled, retired and unretired and retired and unretired again, and stayed in the media for various reasons, not all of them good.

The 29-year-old Fury looks in good shape, though, as he was ringside at the Selby-Warrington fight on Saturday, and has a new trainer in Ben Davison. He’s aiming to get back into the mix in the lucrative division quickly.

“I can’t wait to get in there and prove that I’m a better fighter than I’ve ever been,” said Fury at a press conference. “I’m coming into the prime of my career now and I’ve never felt better. I’m fitter, stronger and faster than the Fury of 2015.

“We’re just three weeks away from what is going to be a huge night for the city of Manchester. I’m delighted to be fighting at the iconic Manchester Arena for the first time in my career and I’m promising the fans a special performance to thank them for their loyal support.”

Seferi (23-1, 21 KO) is a 39-year-old Macedonian whose only notable opponent was Manuel Charr, who accounted for Seferi’s lone loss back in 2016.

“This is going to be a hard fight for Fury,” said Seferi. “I’m very disciplined and always ready to take on everyone and anyone. This will not be an easy night for him. I’m coming to Manchester to beat one of the boxing legends of the 21st century.”