Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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

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

Let's hope Tyson Fury will be given a significant step-up in competition for his next outing.

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Boxing fans had waited 32 months to see the "Gypsy King" back in the ring but it ended in farcical fashion after opponent Sefer Seferi pulled out after just four rounds.

"I'm sure Frank Warren is going to keep me busy and the calibre of opponents will keep rising", Fury said.

"I'm going to have a world title by the end of the year - that's a promise".

Fury had a six-inch height advantage over Albanian Sefer Seferi
Image Fury had a six-inch height advantage over Albanian Sefer Seferi

Former heavyweight champion Fury had not fought since dethroning Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and suffered various drug, alcohol and mental health issues since then.

"I was enjoying myself too much and I apologized to the referee", Fury said at the postfight news conference.

"I've had a long time out the ring and I needed some rounds, so I was taking my time".

"I could have knocked him out in the first round but what good would that have done me?"

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Seferi is 39, has not boxed at an elite level, was 7 inches smaller and almost 70 pounds lighter than Fury.

Promoter Frank Warren plans on Fury fighting again at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 18, on the undercard of WBO interim featherweight champion Carl Frampton's next fight.

By the fourth it became apparent Fury, who sporadically unloaded right hands, could end the fight when ever he wished - but the decision was taken out of his hands by Seferi's corner when they withdrew their man at the end of the round.

It was not always pretty from Fury, but it allowed the 6ft 9in Englishman to shed some of the ring rust before moving on to harder tests.

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Fury has plans to regain his three world titles, now in the possession of English rival Anthony Joshua, and his one potential future opponent could be Germany's Manuel Charr who was ringside.

Fury played to the crowd in the first round and looked a bit embarrassed when Seferi tried to rough up the former champion.

Just boxing again was an achievement for Fury, whose life span out of control after ending Klitschko's nine-and-half year reign.

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