British title shot confirmed for Paul Hyland jnr as Tyson Fury announces ring comeback

Paul Hyland jnr will face Lewis Ritson in Newcastle on June 16
Andy Watters

PAUL Hyland jnr’s wait for a British title shot came to an end yesterday after the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed that the Belfast lightweight will face reigning champion Lewis Ritson on June 16.

Gleann ABC-based Hyland (17-0) will have to travel to Ritson’s backyard to dethrone the Geordie belt holder (15-0) after the fight was scheduled for the Newcastle Metro Arena.

Meanwhile, Derry’s Tyrone McCullough also moved a step closer to a British title shot after his super-bantamweight eliminator against Scotland’s Joe Ham was rubberstamped for June 30. The former Ring ABC favourite will take on Ham at Belfast’s SSE Arena in a fight that doubles as a Celtic title contest and is promoted by Frank Warren.

Elsewhere, former Irish heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced his comeback after two and-a-half years on the sidelines.

The ‘Gypsy King’ claims he will go on to knock out "dosser" Anthony Joshua and reclaim his place as the king of the heavyweight division. After signing with Warren he will return to the ring at Manchester Arena on June 9 following his doping suspension.

Fury last fought in November 2015 when he outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

In December, he accepted a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping after being charged with testing positive for a "prohibited substance" in June 2016, but said that was as a result of eating wild boar.

Joshua stepped into the vacuum to become the WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder but Fury says he will walk through the Watford man if and when they meet.

“He is a big old dosser - he is a belt carrier for me,” he said.

“By the time I get ready to fight, it is going to be an easy fight, no contest.”

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