Tyson Fury wins comeback after opponent is retired

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The live stream of Fury vs. Seferi will precede that evening's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader that features WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz in a highly anticipated rematch against former world champion Abner Mares live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Staples Center.

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. "I will be better next time".

Afterwards Fury, whom his promoter Frank Warren said will fight again in Belfast on August 18, was his usual whirl of contradictions insisting Warren serve up a 7ft 2in opponent for his next bout - or alternatively, a man with one leg - and pouring scorn on the rest of his heavyweight rivals.

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.

Fury's skills are still intact, although they lacked the zip and zing of his win over Klitschko. But Seferi was a nuisance for Fury early, and the former champion was warned for joking around.

If he looked a little more serious from the second round onwards, it still felt like something of a non-event as the limited Seferi tried in vain to even reach Fury's head with his sluggish right uppercuts.

Seferi showed some ambition in the third round, but Fury picked him off with his long arms, landing heavy punches in the fourth. "In the meantime we have to get Tyson more competitive fights".

"The opponent was small and light".

Cheered to the ring during a ring-walk which included a clip of Afroman's "Because I Got High" - presumably a sly dig at the drug-testers who contributed to his period of inactivity - Fury turned on the full pantomime act in the opening three minutes. He received his boxing licence in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.

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