TYSON FURY has announced his return to boxing and says he will make his long-awaited comeback in April next year.
The self-titled “Gypsy King” posted on Twitter, saying he will have three fights in 2018.
Fury, 29, has been without a licence since it was revoked in October last year following the fighter’s failed drug test.
Taking to Twitter, the 29-year-old wrote: “Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight!
“And again in the summer in a mega fight!
“And again in back end of year. Three big fights in 2018.”
Fury hasn’t fought since November 2015 when he stunned Wladimir Klitschko on points in Dusseldorf to win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.
A rematch was scheduled for 2016 but Fury dropped out twice, because he was deemed ‘medically unfit’ to box.
Fury recently ranted at British boxing chief Robert Smith following cousin Hughie’s controversial loss to Joseph Parker for a world title last month.
Taking to the microphone in Manchester, Fury claimed: “How long must I be held up and kept out of action?
"It's been 15 months since I've been under investigation, you're keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.
"Everybody else is dealt with in a few months, why must I be treated any differently?
"Surely there must be a human rights law preventing this from happening to people!
"Either ban me or set me free as I've been in limbo for a long time! I want to move on with my life!"
Fury unofficially retired in July, saying: "Been very blessed in my life & career achieve the upmost in boxing, was a epic journey along the way.
"Thanks to all the fans that supported & believed in me along the way.
"Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. THE END."
But SunSport last week how the 'gypsy king' admitted he would NOT apply for a licence with the BBBofC and instead look elsewhere.
In a scarcely comprehensible tweet, Fury followed up his claim that he will "not be applying for a BBBOCboxinglicense. After they way they have handled stuff. No thanks". (sic)
He later tweeted: "Make it Clare I'll not apply to the BBBOC for a new Licance I'll go elsewhere, take my money & bisuness to somewhere that appreciate it." (sic).
SunSport has contacted the BBBofC for comment.
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STEPHEN SMITH thanked fans for their support after he almost had his ear gruesomely ripped off in a bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. The British boxer was attempting to get himself back into the world title shot picture in Sin City. But after suffering the sickening cut to his […]
STEPHEN SMITH thanked fans for their support after he almost had his ear gruesomely ripped off in a bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
The British boxer was attempting to get himself back into the world title shot picture in Sin City.
But after suffering the sickening cut to his left ear from an accidental clash of heads the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after the ninth round.
That left the result up to the judges, who scored 89-82, 88-83, 88-83 in favour of Vargas.
However, it was not the result that everyone was talking about following the 32-year-old Liverpudlian’s defeat.
The sickening images swept around the world, but Smith posted a positive update later on Sunday afternoon.
He wrote: “Thanks very much for all your supportive messages last night, read them all and they mean a lot.
“Went to hospital and got my ear stitched back up so hopefully all will heal well. Thanks again for all the love and support. Have a good Christmas everyone.”
The horrific images of the gash evoked memories of when former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson bit a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear off during their title fight back in 1997 rematch for the belt.
Ex-unified super-middleweight and light-heavyweight world champ Andre Ward was one of those stunned by what he had witnessed.
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He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that in a boxing match…in an ear that was not bitten.”
The hospital trip to repair his ear compounded a miserable night for Smith Stateside.
He has now lost three of his last five fights, with two of those world title attempts.
Some good news did emerge later at least as he received the green light from medics to fly back to England on Monday as planned.
Smith claimed prior to the Vargas clash that he would call time on his career if he continued to fall short at the top level.
The fighter from a family of four boxing brothers said: “This is boxing and I know having had two chances, I might only get one more shot.
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“For me it is not about going back to British level, I want to win a world title and defeat can ruin that.”
Meanwhile, the victory marked a successful return to action for Vargas, aged 32.
It was the Mexican’s first in-ring appearance since Miguel Berchelt inflicted a maiden career defeat on him to take his world title back in January.
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But although the main fight is undoubtedly a blockbuster event, there is plenty more skills on show in the undercard.
One of the highlights is Michael Conlon, the fighting pride of northern Ireland, who will be fighting over in the US for the second time.
Here’s all you need to know about the undercard.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
Michael Conlon is unbeaten in five fights, and is seen as a genuine world title hope.
He will fight Argentinian hitter Luis Fernando Molina in a six round super bantamweightt contest.
In March this year Conlan secured a stoppage victory against Tim Ibarra.
Also on the undercard will be:
Christopher Diaz vs. Casey Ramos (super featherweight)
Bryant Jennings vs. Don Haynesworth (heavyweight)
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs. Steven Ortiz (super lightweight)
Michael Conlan vs. Luis Fernando Molina (featherweight)
Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza (featherweight)
Jose Gonzalez vs. Adan Gonzales (super bantamweight)
Mikaela Mayer vs. Nydia Feliciano (lightweight)
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When and what TV channel is it on?
The fight will take place at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden this Sunday morning, December 10.
It will be broadcast live on BoxNation.
Coverage begins on BT Sport and Box Nation at 2am UK time.
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