Fury fails to impress as farcical return says little about his condition

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

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Fury back in action on Saturday night after more than two years out of the ring won after his hopelessly inadequate opponent quit on his stool - will now head for Belfast for his next outing.

From the moment Fury lifted Seferi off his feet during the pre-fight weigh-in, it was clear his comeback was unlikely to go down in the heavyweight annals, and Seferi duly obliged. "As you could see I wasn't in a rush, I was having a bit of fun. the calibre of opponents will keep rising".

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.

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.

Fury has vowed to reclaim the world title and took his first step on that road against the over-matched Seferi, a former cruiserweight, who was withdrawn by his corner after taking some punishment in the fourth round.

"We took Seferi, who had a good record and a tough chin and he took me a few rounds". He needs to get the ring rust off. Fury was into stride and Seferi was pulled out of the fight before the fifth.

Charr holds the WBA "regular" belt, a secondary world title, and beat Seferi on points in September 2016.

But Fury's time away away from boxing has been far from a laughing matter.

After twice pulling out of rematches with Klitschko, Fury admitted problems with depression, excessive drinking and cocaine use before it was revealed he failed drugs test in February 2015.

The ultimate goal for Fury is a lucrative all-British showdown with fellow unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua but the 29-year-old remains patient as he aims to return to the pinnacle of world boxing.

After ending Klitshcko's near-decade-long reign of the heavyweight division, Fury received his boxing licence in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban. He looked in reasonable shape on his comeback, although still has some weight to lose before his next outing.

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