Tyson Fury made his long awaited return to a ring this evening and the former unified heavyweight champion of the world made relatively short work of his unknown opponent. Sereri weighed-in at 210 pounds for their 10-round bout, which will stream live in the USA exclusively on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.
As he targets a return to the big-time he briefly left after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko so memorably in November 2015, Fury will surely have no more nights quite so farcical as his triumph over Seferi. Boxing broadcaster Ray Flores and analyst Chris Mannix will deliver pre and post-fight analysis from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.
While Fury showboated his way through the contest against an opponent whom he out-weighed by four and a half stone and towered over by a foot, the only real aggression was shown by fans engaging in a mid-bout brawl outside the ring. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.
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"I" m very happy with my performance overall, I thought it was very good.
"I wanted to stand and have a fight with him, but it (the retirement) happened, and it wasn't my fault that they pulled him out". "I'll be world champion by the end of the year".
An early right hand over the top from Seferi drew a smile from Fury, who spent much of the opener playing to the crowd rather than throwing any punches.
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With boos ringing down from the upper tiers, it was hardly the victorious homecoming Fury had in mind, although much more relevant contests are sure to follow.
Promoter Frank Warren said they are still trying to work weight off Fury, and ring rust.
The start was, however, no less comic, as Fury gave his opponent a tender smooch before the opening bell to Gypsy King's first fight after a lengthy spell of inactivity.
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After the fight, Fury told BT Sport 1: 'Frank's going to keep me busy and I'm going to have a world title by the end of the year - that's a promise.
Promoter Warren said: 'On the 18th of August at Windsor Park in Belfast.
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