WCK13

World Class Kickboxing Championship returns on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey. WCKC is New Jersey's top kickboxing promotion and each show is better than the last. For ticket info go to: WorldClassKickboxingChamptionships.com.

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WC37

Warriors Cup, the historic Muay Thai promotion that introduced professional Muay Thai to the East Coast is back with Warriors Cup 37. The event takes place on Saturday, July 14 at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadow Park, New York. For tickets and info go to WarriorsCup.com.
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DS30

Dead Serious MMA 30 takes place at the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Dead Serious is the East Coast's premier fight promotion. For ticket info check out DeadSeriousMMA.com.

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FOF3

Fist of Fury III takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Mulchay's in Wantagh, Long Island, New York. The main event features Tayvonne Thomas vs. Kevin Membrano for the ISKA NY State title. For tickets call 631-532-7887.

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Tyson Fury” by Mac Dreamstate (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns to boxing and in-ring competition after two-and-a-half years out of sport when he faces an unnamed opponent on home turf in the Manchester Arena on June 9.

The story of the self-styled Gypsy King so far contains dizzying highs and shocking lows. Fury stunned the boxing world when he dethroned WladimirKlitchsko for most of the sport’s heavyweight belts in Dusseldorf, Germany back in November 2015.

That unanimous decision victory enhanced his professional record to 25 fights unbeaten with 18 coming by knockout. What followed for Fury was depression and a failed drugs test that forced him to vacate his titles and saw his boxing license revoked.

He gained weight but began training at fellow Manchester boxer Ricky Hatton’s gym in a bid to step up his comeback when the ban ended. Fury has since signed with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and set his sights on current world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua.

While seeing AJ in the limelight he may have felt should’ve been his, Fury is some way of getting into the title picture. Were they to meet today, then it would be worth checking the latest betting offers for sports for a Joshua win, as he is odds-on at a best-price 4/6 with Sky Bet to win a potential bout with The Gypsy King.

Fury, meanwhile, is available at top odds of 11/8 with William Hill to knock AJ off his pedestal but comebacks to reach the zenith of boxing again are slow-burners. Here’s how Fury could go about getting himself back into contention.

Shake off the ring rust

Boxing promoter Warren is no fool; he won’t be pitching his client into high-profile fights straight away.  There’ll be a carefully thought out strategy to build Fury back up. The opposition probably won’t be up to much but that’s not the point.

Putting Fury against easy opposition in his comeback fight and subsequent boxing bouts isn’t about swerving challenges but rather serves two purposes. One is to ensure that any ring rust developed during that time away from the sport is shaken off. The other is to rebuild the fighter’s confidence as sparring and training can only do so much for getting back into ring shape.

Next step: up the calibre of opponent

We’ll soon know whether Fury still has the old magic or not, but there comes a point after a few fights where he has to face a better breed of boxer. Tony Bellew, who has heaped successive defeats on fellow British heavyweight David Haye, has identified The Gypsy King as a potential future opponent.

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Tony Bellew” by Macron news YouTube (CC BY-SA 3.0)

“I’d love [to fight] Tyson Fury,” Bellew said after beating Haye for a second time. “I’d love to knock him out. Fury isn’t a big puncher like Anthony Joshua or Haye; he’s big, elusive and fast for a heavyweight. It’s a fight I like.”

Bellew is certainly describing the Fury of old so, if those attributes are still with him, the former WBC cruiserweight champion could be a bout around the corner. While his camp is certainly keen on the fight taking place soon, Warren will surely want to build Fury up a little more before tackling the Liverpudlian.

Eddie Hearn, who has Bellew signed to his Matchroom Promotions, believes Fury won’t go near his client for three or four fights. Bellew turns 36 in November, so age is on Fury’s side but he will have to prove he can still hang in such company if he wants another world title shot.

 

 

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MOW2

 

Men of War 2 takes place on June 2, 2018 at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey. Men of War is a professional grappling series and their first outing was a huge success. Come to iPlay and see what all the excitement is about. For ticket info check out MenofWarPro.com.

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WC36

Warriors Cup 36 takes place on May 12, 2018 at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Warriors Cup is a historic Muay Thai promotion that features the best Muay Thai fighters in the world. Don't miss this show. For ticket info visit DeadSeriousMMA.com.

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DS29

 

Dead Serious MMA 29 takes place on May 5, 2018 at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dead Serious is one of the longest running amateur MMA organizations on the East Coast, and you can find many future MMA stars working their way up the ranks starting here. For ticket info visit DeadSeriousMMA.com.

 

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EA3

 

English Invasion 3 kickboxing takes place on April 15, 2018 at Mulcahy's in Wantagh, NY. Two world titles are on the line, so Long Island fight fans are in for a treats. Call 631-532-7887 for ticket info.

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