Tyson Fury’s much-anticipated return to the boxing ring happens on Saturday night when he welcomes the challenge of Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena.
The pre-fight weigh-in saw the two fighters fooling around and lifting each other up, which perhaps shows that this won’t be competitive whatsoever, and that it will be more of a walkover for the British brawler.
Swiss fighter Seferi, who’s record stands at 39-8, usually competes at cruiserweight level, and is merely seen to most as a training exercise for the Gypsy King, who will surely go on to bigger and better things as 2019 gets closer.
They are also the thoughts of Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, who thinks none of the current heavyweight title holders can hold a candle to his man.
“Anthony Joshua simply picked up the belts that Tyson left behind,” blasted Warren.
“He and Deontay Wilder are good heavyweights but unless one of them beats Fury neither of them is the true world champion. Those fights have to happen.”
Manchester boxer Terry Flanagan will be fighting on the undercard of the Fury-Seferi clash, the 28-year old boasts an undefeated professional record with 33 wins, 13 by way of knockout.
The southpaw captured the WBO lightweight world championship in 2015 with a victory over Jose Zepeda, and made five successful defences before vacating the belt to move up to the light-welterweight division.
It is in that weight class that Flanagan will fight for the WBO title, the belt that was last held by Terence Crawford, who vacated to move up to welterweight.
Flanagan’s opponent will be Maurice Hooker, a 28-year-old American with 23 wins on his record, with no losses but three draws, and holds the North American Boxing Organisation (NABO) super-lightweight title.
Bookmakers see Flanagan as a clear favourite to pick up the vacant title, and Fury believes that ‘Turbo’ is one of the greatest talents between the ropes that England currently has to offer.
“I think Hooker is a very good opponent, very slick and very good for the weight, but I think Terry is an unbelievable talent,” stated Fury to IFL TV.
“He trains hard, everything is good about Terry Flanagan.
“Terry Flanagan is the most underrated boxer in this country, by far, and one of the best as well.”
Strong praise from the one-time undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and with Fury’s backing, there is every chance Flanagan could pick up a more mainstream following especially if he picks up the vacant championship this evening.