Tyson Fury beat Sefer Seferi in heavyweight boxing return

Ross Houston
June 14, 2018

Fury clowned his way to a win over Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi at the start of his road back towards championship contention.

"I'm out in Belfast in August so I can't wait for that", he said.

However, the Brit lost more than seven stone in his return to professional boxing and walked to the ring at the Manchester Arena in front of around 15,000 as the main event last night.

Seferi was seven inches shorter and almost five stones lighter than Fury, who used his reach and height to ensure there was never any danger of an upset.

An nearly comical fight saw Fury with a six-inch height advantage over the Albanian - and his laughing, play-acting and tongue-pulling suggested he was not having to exert himself too much in his first fight for two and a half years.

After the match, fury's promoter Frank Warren said that the Briton will return to the ring before the end of summer will spend the next fight on August 18.

Greater challenges lie ahead for Fury as he bids to reclaim the heavyweight world titles he famously won against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. "As you could see I wasn't in a rush, I was having a bit of fun. the calibre of opponents will keep rising".

Fury was eventually told off for showboating and joking by referee Phil Edwards, and he then began to get into his rhythm, landing heavy shots in the fourth round. He needs to get the ring rust off.

Germany's Manuel Charr, who holds the secondary WBA title, is one potential opponent for Fury in the next six months.

Seferi did a good job of surviving, and Fury struggled to lay a glove on him in the second round.

Fury made short work of Seferi as the pair of them exchanged a kiss, amusing looks but very few punches before the Albanian quit on his stool at the end of the 4th round.

After the fight, Fury was just glad to be back in the ring.

Fury believes he will soon be ready to take on the likes of heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Fury was eventually given a backdated two-year ban and in his exile he piled on the pounds.

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