Tyson Fury's comeback fight may not have lived up to expectations, but the heavyweight's ring walk was certainly worth the wait. Sereri weighed-in at 210 pounds for their 10-round bout, which will stream live in the USA exclusively on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.
Fighting for the first time since claiming the world heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury sporadically unloaded right hands as he showboated through the scheduled 10-round bout and received a warning from referee Phil Edwards. Boxing broadcaster Ray Flores and analyst Chris Mannix will deliver pre and post-fight analysis from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.
Seferi, who had campaigned nearly all his career as a cruiserweight, was never going to trouble the 6ft 9ins Fury by whom he was out-weighed by more than four-and-a-half stone, and the favourite was clearly capable of ending the fight at will. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.
He vowed: "I'm happy to to be back and I'll take my career very seriously this time".
It would do him good to have few nights as facile at this one, with the majority of the aggression in the arena supplied instead by a small pocket of fans who sparked a brief brawl midway through the bout.
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"I wanted to get some rounds in", said Fury.
'Tony Bellew absolutely, we'd go for that before the end of the year - not a problem. I won't take anything for granted and I'll enjoy every moment.
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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.
Promoter Frank Warren says a fight against either Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, who holds all the world heavyweight titles between them, is not likely until later next year. "You can see that he's still got a bit of weight to lose and you can see that he needs the rounds and we'll just have to step up his opponents each time". We picked Seferi because he had gone ten rounds with Manuel Charr. The objective is to get him ready to fight for the world title as soon as possible. "In the meantime we have to get Tyson more competitive fights".
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