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Tyson Fury to return to ring at Madison Square Garden, New York

Fury puts Price clash on ice as heavyweight announces New York return to ring in March

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tyson Fury will return to the ring on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury took to Twitter tonight to confirm the date and claimed world-ranked heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, Bermane Stiverne and Johnathon Banks were possible opponents, as well as former WBO champion Shannon Briggs.

Peter Fury tweeted: ‘Tyson next out Madison square Garden march 17th. Training camp Canada starts jan 14th. Poss opponents Adamek” Arriola Stiverne Banks. Briggs.’

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

Fury maintained his unbeaten record with a straightforward points win over Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator last Friday and has since resumed hostilities with British and Commonwealth champion David Price.

Price’s manager Frank Maloney offered 650,000 to make the fight, but Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy described the bid as a ‘joke’.

Fury’s Madison Square Garden date will come exactly a year after his proposed debut at the ionic venue fell through.

Wladimir Klitschko appoints Johnathon Banks as trainer

Heavyweight champ Klitschko appoints Banks as full-time trainer after death of Steward

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed the appointment of Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer following the death of Emanuel Steward last month.

Klitschko, who is preparing to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against unbeaten Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday, had been training with Steward's former assistant Banks since Steward was taken ill in September.

There had been much speculation over Klitschko's move to replace Steward given that Banks, 30, is six years Klitschko's junior and is still an active heavyweight fighter himself.

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

Klitschko said: 'I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks. He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.

'Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well.

'We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight.'

Banks, who has won 30 of his 32 professional contests and is due to fight in Atlantic City on November 17 against Seth Mitchell, said he is keen to make the most of a unique situation.

Banks said: 'It's an amazing situation on both sides but I don't feel any extra pressure. It's not like I'm training a guy for a golf tournament. I'm with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too.'

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Emanuel Steward dies: Kronk gym trainer passes aged 68

Boxing stunned as Steward, legendary trainer of Hearns and Lewis, dies aged 68

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UPDATED:

20:49 GMT, 25 October 2012

Boxing pays tribute on Twitter

Johnathon Banks ‏@BanksBoxingEnt
Wladimir Klitschko's current trainer

He's gone but NEVER!! will be forgotten. You fought a good fight you finished your course. With tears I'm saying.. R.I.P. Emanuel Steward

Joe Calzaghe @RealJoeCalzaghe
Former super-middleweight world champion

Sad to hear the news Emanuel Steward has passed away.A great man and a Great trainer. RIP Manny

Tyson Fury @Tyson_Fury

RIP Manny. Thank you for everything. I will become what you said, the next dominant heavyweight, I promise! God be with you my old friend.

Emanuel Steward, the legendary Kronk Gym trainer of a string of boxing world champions, has died aged 68.

Steward trained, among others, Lennox Lewis, Thomas Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Naseem Hamed and Evander Holyfield during his long and distinguished career.

He was most recently training WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko until illness forced him away from the ring.

Tributes from the boxing world flowed on Twitter as the news spread, with the likes of Joe Calzaghe expressing his respect for Steward and sadness at his death.

Calzaghe said: 'Sad to hear the news Emanuel Steward has passed away. A great man and a Great trainer. RIP Manny.'

More to follow…

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight world championship belts

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight world championship belts

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns

Champion: Steward with Evander Holyfield (centre) and MC Hammer

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns (left) and Evander Holyfield (centre right), plus MC Hammer (right)