We are set for a feast of fights this weekend, from the clashes at UFC 225 to some high-profile boxing bouts but the biggest ticket had to be the return of The Gipsy King, Tyson Fury.
Fury was making his return to the squared circle after two-and-a-half years away from the sport. His last outing in November 2015 saw him beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
A year later, during an investigation into anti-doping and medical issues, Fury had vacated the heavyweight titles.
Despite having the eyes of the boxing world on him for his comeback fight, Fury – who was 25-0 before this bout – insisted that he felt comfortable, returning to his natural home.
“I feel no nerves at all,” said the unbeaten Traveller. “I feel like I’ve been a goldfish trapped who is now being released back into the river where I belong.
“Just put me back in and watch me swim, I’m an effective swimmer.”The last time he swam he became world champ
In the wake of everything that happened after he became world champ, the 6 foot 9 Fury packed on the pounds, ballooning up to 385lbs (175 kgs) but weighed in at a much leaner 275lbs (125kg) for this one.
“I’m back after 1,000 days and losing eight stone. At my heaviest, I was round about 27-and-a-half stone. On Saturday I aim to be around 19st 7lbs.
“I’m looking good. I’m flying. I feel good. I don’t remember feeling any better. I just want it more. The Mac is back.
“I fell out of love with boxing. I was married to the game for too long, so I spiced it up and put some lingerie on her!”‘I’m gonna dress you up in knickers!’
Despite losing all that weight beforehand, Fury still towered over the 39-year-old Seferi, who usually fights at cruiserweight.
Although there was a clear size discrepancy, The Gypsy King insisted that he wasn’t underestimating his opponent, who came into this one with a record of 23-1 (21 KO’s).
“Sefer is a good fighter,” he said. “I look at Sefer like I look at anyone, Klitschko, Joshua, anyone.
“If he’s knocked out 21 men before, if he hits me right he can spark me out too. It’s my job not to let him do that.”All smiles beforehand ‘Dance?’
Fury was a huge favourite for his comeback fight, paying just $1.01 to remain undefeated while Sefer Seferi was at $13.00 to get the win.
In typical Fury fashion, he even gave his opponent a kiss at the pre-fight staredown!
The opening round was a cagey affair with both men more interested in dancing than boxing. Fury began to establish his jab towards the end of the round to take it.
The second was fairly uneventful inside the ring. In fact, the ref told Fury to focus more on boxing and less on showboating. The main action occurred outside the ring when a scrap broke out in the ringside crowd.
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The bigger man began to let his fast hands go and land a few good shots in the third round and fourth rounds.
A couple of uppercuts rocked Seferi in the fourth which ultimately caused the Albanian to call it quits at the end of the round.
It was a frustrating spectacle for fans who will no doubt call for a better, bigger opponent next time around. Who would you like to see Fury take on next? Let us know in the comments!