Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hatton admits he never thought he’d see Fury return to boxing

Hatton admits he never thought he’d see Fury return to boxing

Farce and Fury assailed Manchester in equal measure on Saturday night, as the former world heavyweight champion gurned around the ring for 12 minutes of his boxing comeback before his hopelessly inadequate opponent quit on his stool.

The 29-year-old Englishman has never been far from attention while away from the ring due to the trials and tribulations that left him experiencing "the lowest of the lows to the point of not wanting to live". But I wouldn't change a thing.

An nearly comical fight saw Fury with a six-inch height advantage over the Albanian - and his laughing, play-acting and tongue-pulling suggested he was not having to exert himself too much in his first fight for two and a half years.

This always was going to be an exercise to reintroduce Fury safely back into boxing after the trials and tribulations he has gone through in his two-year, seven-month exile.

It was all too easy for the former world heavyweight champion against little-known Sefer Seferi at Manchester Arena.

Seferi, who was almost 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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"I'll be better next time".

And Fury's next test could be at Windsor Park, Belfast on August 18.

"It was a rollercoaster few years and I'm just glad to be back", Fury said at a press conference this week. "I´ll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment". He needs to get the ring rust off.

However, Fury began to knuckle down in rounds three and four, landing right hands seemingly at will, although Seferi appeared to be taking the blows well.

Fury was eventually given a backdated two-year ban and in his exile he piled on the pounds.

But Fury was adamant he was focused on the task of beating Seferi, whose 23 professional career wins have all come at cruiserweight, with his lone loss to heavyweight contender Manuel Charr in September 2016. "In the meantime we have to get Tyson more competitive fights".

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