Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Tyson Fury eyeing title fight before end of 2018

Tyson Fury eyeing title fight before end of 2018

The self-styled "Gypsy King" will step into the ring for the first time since 2015 on Saturday night to face Sefer Seferi of Albania.

Fury outweighs Seferi by more than four stone, a point he jokingly emphasised at Friday's weigh-in by picking up his opponent and cradling him in his arms.

"I hoped for a bigger opponent but we couldn't really get anyone, there was no one available".

Seferi has fought much of his career at welterweight, but if the 37-year-old's 2016 effort against Manuel Charr is an indicator, Fury may have some mild trouble on his hands come showtime.

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. But he took me a few rounds, which I was happy with.

"I could have knocked him out in the first round but what good would that have done me?"

Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) is next scheduled to fight on August 18 in Belfast against an opponent yet to be named.

With a height advantage of 10 inches and weighing almost five stone heavier than the Albanian, Fury's camp are hopeful that they will find a taller and heavier opponent for his Belfast bout. He needs to get the ring rust off.

Seferi, a career cruiserweight, tried in vain to reach Fury's head with sluggish right uppercuts.

Fury, who is 28 pounds heavier than when he fought Klitschko, will be encouraged by his performance, but victory should be kept in perspective.

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

The Manchester boxer suffered depression and admitted to drinking too much and taking cocaine, before it was revealed he tested positive for a banned steroid.

Fury has long felt he was unfairly stripped of the world title belts he won after beating Klitschko and has long spoken of his desire for a bout with reigning champion Anthony Joshua in an all-British encounter. He received his boxing licence in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.

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