Fury wins on boxing comeback

Fury wins on boxing comeback

Fury (26-0, 19 KO) is next scheduled to fight on August 18 in Belfast against an opponent yet to be named.

Both Fury and promoter Frank Warren admitted that they were disappointed in Seferi's inability to answer the bell for the fifth round but neither are under any illusions about the plan to ease the former world heavyweight champion back into the fight game.

"I'll be better next time".

This always was going to be an exercise to reintroduce Fury safely back into boxing after the trials and tribulations he has gone through in his two-year, seven-month exile.

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.

"I wanted to see Tyson get some more rounds".

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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"I opted for a bigger opponent but we couldn't really get anybody, there was nobody available". But I wouldn't change a thing.

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.

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

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

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. He received his boxing licence in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban. He needs to get the ring rust off.

Fury's English rival Anthony Joshua, the WBA-IBF-WBO champion, and American Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, remain distant targets for Fury, whose priority now will be to build up some momentum against tougher opponents.

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