Tyson Fury starts his comeback with farcical win over Sefer Seferi

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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.

"It meant miracles (to be back in the ring)".

"Thank you to everyone who supported me".

The former world heavyweight champion clowned his way through his first fight in more than two-and-a-half years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi, who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester on Saturday. "It has been a long time out of the ring, I was not in a rush, taking time when I started to get going, they pulled him out". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 9, 2018. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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

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.

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Seferi's unsatisfactory withdrawal sent the boos - and the occasional drinks bottle - cascading down from the upper tiers, but for Fury at least, it is simply a case of reigniting a career that still promises much.

Joshua and Wilder are in talks to face each other in early 2019, while Warren plans on keeping Fury active until a world title shot happens, with his next bout scheduled to be at Belfast's Windsor Park, Northern Ireland on August 18.

His next fight is likely to be on the undercard though as Carl Frampton headlines in his home town.

After shedding over nine stone on his remarkable weight loss journey, Fury claimed in April that he meant to put on a few pounds before fight night as he felt "a bit thin" against Klitschko.

Whether he'd win or lose, one would imagine that Tony Bellew would nearly certainly put up a better fight against Tyson Fury than Sefer Seferi.