Tyson Fury is finally back in boxing with a fourth-round victory over Sefer Seferi but the boxing world gained little insight into how he might fare against bigger and better opponents.
The former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight world champion must be given credit for the way he overcame a series of setbacks - some self-inflicted - to return to the sport, but his pantomime villain display in beating a journeyman boxer like Seferi will win him few plaudits.
Fury has always been a man of many words but he has been living off his 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko for far too long, calling out the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder whenever possible to maintain the public’s interest in him despite a 32-month absence from the ring.
The ‘Gypsy King’ will next fight in August as he looks to battle his way back to the top but on Saturday’s display, neither Joshua or Wilder will be quaking in their boots.
The two world champions are close to agreeing a fight at some stage this year and it is Fury’s belief and hope that he might fight the winner in the future.
However, the farcical scenes witnessed at the Manchester Arena will do little to convince the powers that be that he deserves another crack at a world title any time soon.
The Easyodds odds on Fury winning on Saturday suggested it would be a one-sided affair and that is exactly how it panned out but, far from ‘doing a job’ on his 39-year-old opponent, the Brit decided to play to the crowd and was warned for doing so.
He would have gained much more respect from fans and peers alike by going into the ring and putting on a sharp boxing display before clinically dispatching Seferi.
There is no question that the man who reached 27 stone during his boxing hiatus will be better next time out and he admitted after the fight that there is work to do.
“I learned two and a half years is a long time to be out,” he said. “I'll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment.”
Fury is desperate to fight Joshua and Easyodds betting on that particular bout would be popular as an all-British world title fight always garners incredible interest.
But he is a million miles from stepping into the ring with AJ and the weekend’s spectacle will have both the British world champion and US counterpart Wilder secretly chuckling to themselves at the non-event in the North West.
Dillian Whyte is another possible opponent for Fury and he is set to take on Joseph Parker at London’s O2 Arena on July 28, with the Brit priced at 11/10 and the New Zealander on offer at 20/23 to bounce back after being beaten by Joshua.
It will be at least 12-18 months before Fury fights Joshua, with plenty of trash talk and posturing expected before that happens, and our Easyodds tips will give you an insight into who might prevail in what could be the biggest domestic bout of all time.
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