Tyson Fury begins comeback against Albania’s Sefer Seferi

By Stuart Stone

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Ring return: Tyson Fury makes a long awaited return to boxing after more than two years away
Ring return: Tyson Fury makes a long awaited return to boxing after more than two years away
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury returns after two and a half years away from the ring. Can he make the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder sit up and take notice when he fights Sefer Seferi on Saturday night?

Canadian Grand Prix weekend

Qualifying – Saturday 9 June – Sky Sports F1 from 7pmRace – Sunday 10 June – Sky Sports F1 from 7.10pm

After six rounds of this season’s championship, Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari have each won two races leaving an unpredictable season finely poised going into this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. Will someone make it a hat-trick of wins for their team in Montreal?

Having not won since the opening two races of the season, Ferrari will be looking for a return to winning ways, while Red Bull go west with momentum after Daniel Ricciardo’s win in Monaco.

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton is chasing a record-equalling seventh win in Canada to take him level with Michael Schumacher’s record there.

In the first of three rugby union match day series – northern hemisphere sides travel south for Tests against the world’s best.

New Zealand v France - International rugby union – Saturday 9 June - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 8am (Kick-off at 8.35am)

France will look to put a barren spell against New Zealand that stretches back to a win in 2009 behind them when the teams face off at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday.

However, they face the world champion All Blacks on a ground where their form is formidable – they haven’t lost at their traditional home since 1994, when France scored a 23-20 win.

New Zealand look to kick off 2018 in strong fashion following a transitional, yet successful, season in 2017 fronted by Breakthrough Player of the Year Rieko Ioane and Player of the Year Beauden Barrett.

Last year yielded a drawn series with the Lions, yet another rugby championship – though capped by defeat to Australia – and an unbeaten end-of-year tour that saw them dispatch Scotland, Wales and France.

France on the other hand have only won two of their previous five matches.

Australia v Ireland – International rugby union – Saturday 9 June – Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 10.45am (Kick off at 11am)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has elected to rest a handful of Leinster players following a busy end-of-season schedule – a reshuffle that sees Johnny Sexton among the replacements.

The last time Ireland met Australia in Brisbane, eight years ago, they lost 22-15.

However since then, Ireland have climbed the world rankings and currently sit second, behind New Zealand off the back of wins in their previous two encounters with Australia, who are currently the world’s fourth best side.

South Africa v England – International rugby union – Saturday 9 June – Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 3pm (Kick off at 4.05pm)                  

Eddie Jones has made a host of bold decisions ahead of the first Test in Ellis Park, Johannesburg, as he looks to spark England into life in preparation for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

With Joe Launchbury unavailable, 20-year-old Nick Isiekwe is handed a debut, as is New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields.

Elliot Daly is handed a start at full back following a strong showing against the Barbarians, making Mike Brown a surprise inclusion on the wing.

South Africa also come into this weekend’s Test in form that has seem them slump to seventh place in the world rankings.

An incredibly tight match to call given both sides are coming off the back of Test defeats, though the Springboks perhaps have the edge as they haven’t lost to England on home soil since 2000.

Tyson Fury v Sefer Seferi – Heavyweight boxing – Saturday 9 June – BT Sport 1 from 7pm

After a dramatic two-and-a-half year hiatus since an upset win over Wladimir Klitschko that saw former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury balloon in weight to 27 stone, the Cheshire heavyweight steps back through the ropes against little know Albanian Sefer Seferi.

Seferi, who’s natural weight class is cruiserweight and who stands a foot shorter than Fury at 5ft 9in, is expected to provide little opposition for Fury, despite the 39-year-old’s impressive record of 23 wins and a single defeat.

Nonetheless, after such a long lay-off it’ll be interesting to see if Fury, seen among the most naturally talented British heavyweights of all time by many, can walk the walk after endless talk of mixing it with the division’s best. Can he put Joshua and Wilder on notice on Saturday night?  

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