WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has uploaded a video of Tyson Fury sparring ahead of his return to the ring.
Fury has not fought since October 2015 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany, to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles, however, a year later he found himself stripped and vacated of all his straps.
After an extended period of various rumours regarding a potential comeback, in April it was announced Fury had signed with promoter Frank Warren and his return to the ring will take place on June 9 at the Manchester Arena.
Fury has already begun training camp with his new trainer Ben Davidson, and the ‘Gypsy King’ was captured sparring Mariusz Wach in Ricky Hatton’s Manchester gym by Saunders, who leaked the footage on Instagram.
Saunders captured the video: ‘@gypsyking101 looks like his never been gone’.
In the video Fury is seen to be switching stances from orthodox to southpaw while showing off quick feet and fast hands seemingly playing with his Polish sparring partner Wach as the middleweight champion Saunders offers some commentary in the footage.
Saunders said: “Just a quicken lads, the king, the king’s back. Just playing games, having fun, playing games.
“Games, I swear to god games.”
Fury has opened up about his extraordinary weight loss, having once weighed 23 stone, and the Englishman even said he is lighter now than when he fought Klitschko.
"I'm around about 17st 10lbs at the minute” he told IFL TV.
“But we're going to put a bit of weight on for the fight because I feel a bit thin. So I'm going to go up a stone or two.
"I'm going to weigh around the 19 mark, maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less. Not less, actually, probably 19 or above.
"For Klitschko, I was around 18st 5lbs but I was very skinny. I'd done a lot of training for that fight.
"For this one, I'll have more muscle and look sexier. The abs will be better, the arms will be bigger."
Fury has yet to announce who his comeback fight will be against but rumours Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi has told media he is the one in line to face Fury.
“This would make a dream come true. I never thought I'd have the chance to stand against Fury - my idol,” Seferi told Swiss publication 20 Minutes.
“I'm very disciplined and always ready for a fight.
“I will not make it easy for Fury. I will try to put pressure on him. Someone has to stand up to him in the build-up” he added.
Sefari holds a record of 23-1 with 21 knockouts, his one loss came to Manuel Charr, who outpointed him in September 2016. Despite his record, the Albanian has only fought three men with winning records.
Saunders is preparing for his own world title defence as he takes on fellow Brit Martin Murray for the WBO title on June 23 at the O2 in London.News Now - Sport News