Tyson Fury made a winning return to boxing on Saturday night, forcing Sefer Seferi to retire after four rounds of their heavyweight clash in Manchester. Sereri weighed-in at 210 pounds for their 10-round bout, which will stream live in the USA exclusively on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.
After beating Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles, Fury's life spun out of control and he had not fought since. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.
"I've had a long time out the ring and I needed some rounds, so I was taking my time".
"I could have knocked him out in the first round, but what good would that have done me? I'll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment". But it (the retirement) happened and it wasn't my fault that they pulled him out.
Fury was in high spirits and after he was introduced initially by Eminem's "Without Me", the 29-year-old switched it up with a fitting song. See PA story BOXING Manchester.
Entertaining the Manchester crowd throughout, Fury's dominance of the ring was never really threatened throughout, and, after some initial toying with his opponent, Seferi retired in his corner at the end of the fourth round.
'I'll have a world title by the end of the year' - Tyson Fury wins his comeback fight against Sefer Seferi
With boos ringing down from the upper tiers, it was hardly the victorious homecoming Fury had in mind - but much more relevant contests are sure to follow.
Returning to the ring after a two and a half year absence blighted by much-publicised mental health issues and a drugs charge, Tyson Fury clowned his way to a win over Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi at the start of his road back towards championship contention. "He (Fury) is still a bit rusty and has a bit of weight to lose but he's getting there", said Warren.
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.
"He'll be back for the Carl Frampton show in Belfast on 18 August".
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