Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Fans punch on in farcical Fury comeback fight

Tyson Fury_cropped Tyson Fury in action against Sefer Seferi in Manchester
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 03:29

While Warren questioned whether Seferi could have a portion of his purse withheld for his feeble effort, Fury shrugged off the unsatisfactory ending, insisting he had enjoyed every minute of his ring return.

The former world heavyweight champion clowned his way through his first fight in more than two-and-a-half years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi, who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester on Saturday.

Whether he'd win or lose, one would imagine that Tony Bellew would nearly certainly put up a better fight against Tyson Fury than Sefer Seferi.

"The calibre of opponents will keep on rising".

Promoter Frank Warren said they are still trying to work weight off Fury, and ring rust. But he took me a few rounds, which I was more than happy with.

"I could have knocked him out in the first round but what good would that have done me?"

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.

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Seferi, a career cruiserweight, tried in vain to reach Fury's head with sluggish right uppercuts.

Promoter Frank Warren plans on Fury fighting again at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 18, on the undercard of WBO interim featherweight champion Carl Frampton's next fight.

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

The Albanian Seferi was immediately put off and was pulled out of the fight before the start of the fifth round.

Fury, who is 28 pounds heavier than when he fought Klitschko, will be encouraged by his performance, but victory should be kept in perspective.

The ultimate goal for Fury is a lucrative all-British showdown with fellow unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua but the 29-year-old remains patient as he aims to return to the pinnacle of world boxing.

After twice pulling out of rematches with Klitschko, Fury admitted problems with depression, excessive drinking and cocaine use before it was revealed he failed drugs test in February 2015. He received his boxing licence in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.

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