Updated: May 30, 2018 10:39 am
Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) returns to the ring against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena on June 9.
The former heavyweight champion says he is approaching this fight like a world championship bout. He is leaving no stone unturned while in training camp, the Mancunian fighter returns to the sport after a two-and-a-half-year absence.
Nicknamed the Gypsy King, the 6ft9 colossus stunned the sport when he became world champion in late 2015, beating Wladimir Klitschko on points. Tyson Fury started the ball rolling for the now heavyweight champions by defeating Klitchsko, who hadn’t been dethroned for 9 years, 7 months and 6 days (IBF, WBA, WBO, The Ring) champion until he fought Fury.
Tyson Fury last stepped into the ring in Dusseldorf against Klitschko, back in November 2015. After a one-sided win, Klitschko’s reign of nearly 10 years was ended as Fury won by unanimous decision (116–111, 115–112, 115–112).
Tyson Fury then relinquished his WBO and WBA world heavyweight belts in October 2016 after being diagnosed with mental health issues to focus on his recovery.
Little is known about Sefer Seferi (23-1, 21 KO’s), but he has spent most of career campaigning at cruiserweight, the Albanian fighter has only lost once in 24 fights, his only defeat coming at the hands of Manuel Charr, current WBA ‘world’ heavyweight champion Manuel Charr in September 2016. Anthony Joshua holds the WBA ‘super’ belt.
Tyson Fury is the clear favourite to win this fight, but he insists that he is not taking the 39-year-old lightly and will not underestimate his opponent.
Fury said: “I’m taking him deadly serious. This is a world title fight for me. Every one of these people who come to fight me are challenging me for my lineal heavyweight status.
“I think he’s good, I think he’s good enough. Any man who’s had 24 fights and only lost one on points and never been knocked out can’t be a pushover.
“Try punching someone and knocking them out, it’s quite hard. He will be able to punch no doubt. A chin is a chin and if he hits me on mine, I’ll go over clearly.
“But if I’m as good as I think I am, I should beat him comfortably. If I’m useless, I’ll lose and you can’t say fairer than that.”
Tyson Fury feels he needs to be tested after having such a long lay-off from the sport, Seferi has been chosen as the Gypsy King’s next opponent because he is known being for his durability.
“These Albanian fellas are very, very tough,” Fury said. “That’s why I picked someone who is very tough.
“I need the rounds because I’ve been out for a long time.
“I need rounds. I don’t need a knockout after 10 seconds. I need someone who’s tough, can take the punches and who can keep coming forward and put me under pressure.”