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09th Jun 2018

Tyson Fury forces opponent to quit on his stool on return to the ring

Just a bit anticlimactic

Darragh Murphy

Guess who’s back.

Tyson Fury made a triumphant return to the ring on Saturday evening as he stopped opponent Sefer Seferi in his first fight in 924 days but it left fans wanting an awful lot more.

Fury had not fought since 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision in Dusseldorf to lay claim to the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.

A string of issues kept him out of competition since then but we’ve seen a re-motivated Fury in recent months as he dedicated himself to a strenuous training regime and ketogenic diet, which saw him lose more than nine stone.

The 29-year-old had his UK Anti-Doping ban backdated and his boxing licence reinstated earlier this year, which freed Fury up to get back to doing what he does best and while he was always supposed to get the better of Seferi, Fury displayed little in the way of ring rust at the Manchester Arena.

The undefeated heavyweight moved to 26-0 and toyed with Seferi, over whom Fury had a considerable size advantage, throughout the main event.

For Fury, it felt like more of a show than a fight as he repeatedly goaded his opponent and seemed more concerned with entertaining his adoring fans than landing any early damage.

On more than one occasion, Fury was warned to focus on fighting rather than showmanship but he was so relaxed in the ring that he even concentrated on watching a brawl in the crowd towards the end of the second round, gazing over Seferi’s shoulder to see the action in the stands.

‘The Gypsy King’ upped his output in the third and Seferi attempted to hold on tight in every exchange as he was beginning to eat some heavy shots from range and was well aware that he was out of his depth.

Fury’s uppercuts looked the danger strikes for the Brit and while there was no devastating finishing shot, Seferi retired on his stool at the end of the fourth round.

It had the air of a sparring session between friends rather than the comeback of a former champion and there was never going to be any other outcome than a Fury win.

Tougher tests lie ahead because, if we’re honest, easier tests don’t really exist.