Tyson Fury has finally announced his comeback fight after two and half years away from the ring. It’s been a long road back for the controversial heavyweight, who hasn’t been seen since his incredible upset win over Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015.
Announced last week, Fury will take on Sefr Seferi on June 9. The former WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion has been long touting his comeback fight, but first had to overcome various issues regarding a supposed doping offence.
Fury (25-0-18KO) continues to deny these claims and now has his first fight in almost three years to look forward to.
His opponent Seferi (23-1-21KO) is almost ten years his senior and has mostly fought as a cruiserweight, although the Albanian does have some experience fighting at heavyweight.
The bout is scheduled for June 9 at the Manchester Arena, and many believe the fight is somewhat of a mismatch. Fury is a known heavyweight and one that tips the heavier side of the weight class, while Seferi is naturally at cruiser.
Fury also has a significant height advantage over his opponent, with the Englishman’s 6ft9 stature dwarfing the Albanian’s 5ft9 height, while he is almost ten years younger than Seferi.
How sharp Fury is for the fight remains to be seen, with the former champion struggling with a host of issues before his comeback announcement. Not only did he battle allegations of doping, the 29-year-old also struggled with weight problems, having lost a remarkable seven stone in the lead up to this fight.
Seferi is no slouch of course, with just a single loss in his 24 fights, coming to current WBA world heavyweight champion Manual Charr. He was soundly defeated over 10 rounds from the current champion, but has some serious punching power, with 21 of 23 wins coming via knockout.
That said, the fight does appear as a something of a warmup bout for Fury after so long on the side lines. Ring rust is to be expected after such a lengthy layoff, so the fact he’s fighting an opponent many feel he should be easily defeating does make sense.
Nothing is a given of course, and Seferi will do his part to play spoiler for the big comeback fight. His style does lend to possible upset win, with Seferi throwing heavy punches in bunches when the opportunity presents itself.
He did get some joy against Charr, surviving 10 rounds with the current champion, but it’s hard to imagine Fury showing the same plodding style as the Lebanese heavyweight.
Seferi is understandably a big underdog going into the bout, but it’s the type of matchup big names such as Fury need following a long break from the ring.
Of course, Fury still needs to shed to final pounds to be in ring shape, while there will unquestionably be some ring rust to get through, so Seferi represents the opportunity to get back into his rhythm for those bigger fights that are inevitably on the horizon.
With a good performance, Fury can expect to look towards Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder for a big-money fight.