Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on boxing comeback

Florence Fletcher
June 11, 2018

"And that's what I was looking for, someone who'd gone some rounds".

"We took Seferi, who had a good record and a tough chin and he took me a few rounds".

"I wanted to stand and have a fight with him, but it (the retirement) happened, and it wasn't my fault that they pulled him out".

Fury clowned his way through his eagerly anticipated ring return at Manchester Arena, claiming victory when outclassed opponent Sefer Seferi was retired on his stool at the end of four wholly farcical rounds. See PA story BOXING Manchester. I will be better next time. "I'll be world champion by the end of the year". Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Fury, a former WBA, WBO and IBF Heavyweight World Champion, will return for the first time in 31 months in the SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® social media offering, which begins live at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel.

An early right hand over the top from Seferi drew a smile from Fury, who spent much of the opener playing to the crowd rather than throwing any punches.

Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on boxing comeback
Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on boxing comeback

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.

Britain´s Tyson Fury (R) connects with a left against Albania´s Sefer Seferi during their heavyweight contest at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, northern England on June 9, 2018.

After the fight, Fury's promoter Frank Warren confirmed Fury will next be in the ring in Belfast in August, as he takes his place on the card for Carl Frampton's next fight. "He (Fury) is still a bit rusty and has a bit of weight to lose but he's getting there", said Warren.

After the fight, Fury told BT Sport 1: 'Frank's going to keep me busy and I'm going to have a world title by the end of the year - that's a promise.

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.

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