Boxing: Rusty ex-heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wins on comeback, vows to take career seriously

Tyson Fury in action against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena, on June 9, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury declared himself completely happy with his four-round comeback win on Saturday (June 9) night, despite a lack of action.

The 29-year-old only got going in the fourth round and his brief exhibition of power convinced Sefer Seferi's corner to pull out the Switzerland-based Albanian before the start of the fifth round.

Fury did not take his task totally seriously early on and was told off by referee Phil Edwards for playing to the crowd, but the English boxer was pleased it was not a short fight after two years and seven months out of action.

"He didn't come to fight, he came to run around the ring," Fury told a press conference.

"The opponent was small and light. But he took me a few rounds, which I was happy with.

"I wouldn't change a thing, and we move on to the next one. I will go back home and have pizza and then get back on it tomorrow.

"I could have knocked him out in the first round but what good would that have done me? I got four rounds in and TV exposure.

"He took a couple of hard punches and didn't want to know. I learnt two and a half years is a long time to be out. I'll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment."

Seferi, who was nearly five stones (about 32 kg) lighter and seven inches (17.8cm) smaller, did show some ambition early on but Fury's height and movement ensured there was never going to be an upset at Manchester Arena.

It was always comfortable for Fury in his first fight since winning the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) titles from Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko on points in November 2015.

But Fury's reign was brief with rematches twice cancelled against Klitschko before he admitted to problems with depression, drink and drugs. Fury then piled on the pounds - he claimed to have lost eight stones in preparation for Seferi - and served a backdated drug ban for testing positive for a banned steroid in February 2015.

Fury's titles are now in the hands of English rival Anthony Joshua, but promoter Frank Warren said fights against Joshua and Deontay Wilder, the World Boxing Council (WBC) champion from American, are a way off yet.

Joshua and Wilder are in talks to face each other in early 2019, while Warren plans on keeping Fury active until a world title shot happens, with his next bout scheduled to be at Belfast's Windsor Park, Northern Ireland on Aug 18.

"Tyson will step up each time," Warren said at a press conference.

"I've been realistic from the beginning that we're not going to put him in with big names early on. He needs to get the ring rust off. We picked Seferi because he had gone 10 rounds with Manuel Charr.

"The objective is to get him ready to fight for the world title as soon as possible.

"I think Anthony Joshua is fighting Alexander Povetkin in September so he will not fight until next year now and I think Wilder has got a mandatory. In the meantime we have to get Tyson more competitive fights."

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