By Elliot Foster
As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Tyson Fury slammed Sefer Seferi for not turning up for a fight on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old former undisputed heavyweight king, who came back from a 924-day exile with a retirement victory at the end of four completed rounds, had not fought since his win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany back in November 2015.
Fury started the first two rounds with some showboating and crowd-pleasing, drawing a warning from the ref in the second at Manchester Arena, exclusively live on BT Sport.
But after a few punches were landed on the 39-year-old Swiss-based Macedonian Seferi in the fourth round, the visitor's camp decided to retire their man on his stool at the end of the session.
“It was what it was,” said the self-styled Gypsy King in the aftermath. “He took a couple of hard punches and he told his corner not to send him out for round five.”
The win for Fury over Seferi was the first outing for him under his new trainer Ben Davison, who replaced long-time mentor and uncle Peter Fury in the corner and had the assistance of Mike Jackson and Ricky Hatton, who had overseen a stoppage win for his charge Nathan Gorman against Sean Turner earlier on the same card.
Fury is now set to face stiffer tests as he looks towards the upper echelons of the heavyweight division once more.
The ex-WBA Super, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine champion will be back in the ring in Belfast in the summer.
His promoter Frank Warren revealed after his win that Fury would be given a berth on the supporting cast of Carl Frampton’s return on August 18 at Windsor Park.
Fury is not concerned with the next opponent.
“Who ever they pick it doesn’t matter – they’re all the same. They’re all bums anyway – Wilder, Joshua, Parker – they’re all sh*t. They’re all the same as Manuel Sefer, or whatever his name is," Fury said.
“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. I’m not going to say I wasn’t nervous, coming back and being the main event. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ll go home tonight and have a pizza and then I’ll get back on it. I’ll be world champion by the end of the year.”