Tyson Fury: Heavyweight to fight on Carl Frampton undercard in August

Tyson Fury: Heavyweight to fight on Carl Frampton undercard in August

Tyson Fury marked his boxing comeback with a farcical four-round win over outclassed Albanian Sefer Seferi at Manchester Arena. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.

Fury has been out of the ring since he stunned the boxing world and snared the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles from Wladimir Klitschko.

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.

Tyson Fury was not concerned about a lack of action during his four-round comeback win.

Fury was given a backdated two-year doping ban, and he declared his boxing career finished as he piled on the pounds. But Seferi is no Marvin Hagler or Joe Frazier and Fury knows the hard graft will come over the following 18 months.

The Manchester Arena was not quite full, but it was pretty close to its 20,000 capacity and they liked what they saw [even if there was not much of it].

People find Fury a compelling and amusing figure.

"He claims to be in the best shape of his life, he says himself that he's fitter and sharper than ever before, so it'll be interesting to see how he performs".

Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker
GETTYTerry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker got tense at the weigh-in

Fury splits opinion. In 2016, he was heavily criticised for anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist comments but this time around he has been careful about what he says.

The 29-year-old is adamant his evident success in shaping up for a ring return will increase his popularity levels and, more importantly, serve as an inspiration for others who may be going through similar health issues. Joshua in many ways is the antithesis of Fury: a marketing dream who has universal appeal.

In his exile, Fury has not lost his off-beat sense of humour and it is another trait that appeals to fight fans and beyond.

Should Fury continue on a winning path, showdowns with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder await him in 2019.

With a height advantage of 10 inches and weighing almost five stone heavier than the Albanian, Fury's camp are hopeful that they will find a taller and heavier opponent for his Belfast bout.

"I am disappointed Sefer retired because Tyson needs the rounds but the objective is to get him a world title fight as soon as possible".

Speaking afterward, Fury's promoter Frank Warren did reveal that Fury would be on the card for Carl Frampton's Windsor Park bout later this year.


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