It’s safe to say Tyson Fury’s return to the ring wasn’t quite the spectacular encounter we were all hoping for. When the fight in the crowd is more exciting to the Gypsy King than the opponent in front of him, you know things aren’t quite right.
To put it politely, Saturday night was a farce. A stepping stone nonetheless though, with Fury looking to shake off that ring rust and get back to the big time.
It took just four rounds, mainly of Ali shuffles and showboating, for Sefari to throw in the towel from his stool, and it’s expected his next fight will be on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s fight on August 18 at Windsor Park.
There’s plenty of talk on who his opponent will be, with Tony Bellew calling the 29-year-old out following his return.
It’s thought another small step up will happen at Windsor Park rather than going straight into a big fight, that step will perhaps come in three or four fight’s time depending on his progress.
Of course, the aim will be the big fight with Anthony Joshua, with many bookmakers already offering odds on the bout.
You can have fun with Coral betting and other bookies on the boxing, with many already taking the number of rounds on his next fight.
Fury has admitted he wants his next fight to be a bigger one, not just in name but stature too.
Sefari proved a little awkward for Fury at just 5’11”, so he’ll be looking for a heavyweight at a similar height to Joshua and Deontay Wilder, who both stand at 6’5”.
David Price looks a leading contender after his valiant effort against Alexander Povetkin on March 31, and at 6’8” would be a perfect fit.
An all British bout would certainly gain plenty of attention as the main support to Frampton’s fight. Price would be that step up for Fury, but also a fight that if fighting well, he should breeze through.
It seems the obvious option, before taking on Tony Bellew towards the end of the year. From there, if all goes well, he can look towards title fights in 2019 and a crack at the likes of Wilder, Joshua and Joseph Parker.
He’ll want to rebuild his reputation as a fighter, and following a poor return, albeit not entirely his fault, he needs to shed some more weight, face some serious opposition, and wait for a 2019 in which could see an unforgettable summer of British boxing.