Tyson Fury marked his boxing comeback with a farcical four-round win over outclassed Albanian Sefer Seferi at Manchester Arena. Sereri weighed-in at 210 pounds for their 10-round bout, which will stream live in the US exclusively on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.
Fighting for the first time since he wrested the world heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko over two-and-a-half years ago, Fury gurned and showboated his way through much of the contest and earned a ticking-off from referee Phil Edwards.
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. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.
"I did a bit of dancing, threw a couple of punches and it was just about getting back to being under the lights again - it's been a long time", he added.
It would do him good to have few nights as facile at this one, with the majority of the aggression in the arena supplied instead by a small pocket of fans who sparked a brief brawl midway through the bout. I won't take anything for granted and I'll enjoy every moment.
"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". See PA story BOXING Manchester.
Fury’s opponent quit on his stool
The much heavier and taller Fury showed he could end the fight whenever he wished but the decision was taken out of his hands by Seferi's corner.
Frampton's opponent has not yet been named.
Attention now turns to his next opponent at Windsor Park on August 18, with the likes of David Price and Tony Bellew already being mentioned.
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.
Frampton indicated that he would be willing to fight the victor of Warrington and Selby, however, Warrington feels a Belfast fight with Frampton could be premature for him.