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Frank Warren: Tyson Fury Will Step Up Each Time Out

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury declared himself completely happy with his four-round comeback win on Saturday night, despite a lack of action.

Fury 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, 29, 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.

Seferi, who was nearly five stones lighter and seven inches 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.

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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), International Boxing Organization (IBO) 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 drugs 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 August 18.

“Tyson will step up each time,” Warren said. “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 ten 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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hugh grant on 06-12-2018

seferi wasn't the best opponent. But considering critics didn't believe fury really was going to comeback sefer i isn't too bad in big scheme of things

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 06-12-2018

Start fighting heavyweight bums at least. Not jr. heavyweight or cruiserweight bums.

Comment by MastaBlasta on 06-11-2018

[QUOTE=lefthooklead;18850200]He obviously needs time to get back match fit, and it's the right thing to do. He's still 20 stone and is 6 months on from being 27 stone, clinically depressed and about to commit suicide. A few warm up…

Comment by Boksfan on 06-11-2018

But how can you go up from almighty cruiserweight Safari who's the worst boxer in Albania?

Comment by tonysoprano on 06-11-2018

He should just retire and go to WWE where he belongs. Mark my words every fight he has will embarrass boxing a little more. The guy is a total joke.

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