Tyson Fury: Comeback win over Seferi proves there's a long road ahead for the former champ

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Tyson Fury on route to a stoppage win over Seferi
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Fury returned to add a bit of excitement to the heavyweight scene and he's not short of options on where to go next. Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse looks at how the weekend win effected the betting vs Joshua...

"If Fury and Joshua were to meet before December 31st 2018 you’d find AJ favourite with 4/5 the current betting against Fury’s even money"

Tyson Fury returned to the ring with a weekend win over Sefer Seferi with the little-known Macedonian heavyweight quitting after four rounds, pulled out on his stool by the corner team. The level of opponent, fight and performance may have left fans a little underwhelmed - especially given the build-up - but the former world champion is back, just as he promised he would be.

The win over Seferi is just the start with the victor confirming shortly after the final bell that he would fight again on August 18th at Windsor Park, Belfast on the undercard of Carl Frampton's WBO featherweight defence. An opponent is yet to be named but there will be no lack of offers following that long-awaited reappearance.

Boxing is a better place with Fury

There's no doubt British boxing and the heavyweight division as a whole is a better, more exciting place with Tyson active again but the towering 6ft 9inch orthodox, who promised to clean up the sport, isn't without his critics. Seferi was poor, to say the least, with a playful weigh-in serving as a warning to dedicated followers of the sport that they couldn't take this bout too seriously. Armchair fans thought they had been ripped-off - nothing new there - but shrewd eyes knew exactly what they were watching.

Fury hadn't appeared in a boxing ring since beating Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. Since then he has endured well-documented personal problems, not least a battle with depression that resulted in rapid weight gain. That time away certainly set the former ruler back a few years and anyone who expected a polished performance were kidding themselves. Saturday was more a chance for Fury to beat his demons, blow away the cobwebs and prove he can still be a major draw in a weight class now shared by Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Tony Bellew lays down a challenge

It should be some time before we see Fury back competing for major titles but a below-par showing brought challengers out of the woodwork in their droves - including Tony Bellew. The 35-year-old from Liverpool who recently completed the double over David Haye took to Twitter predicting he would knock Fury out if the pair were ever to meet. He threw down the gauntlet, tweeting - Let's do this.

Interesting stuff and you'd expect Tyson to jump at the chance to face a man still relatively untested in the top-division, but Saturday's winner didn't seem overly impressed, instead looking towards bigger and better names.

There's value in the Fury-Joshua betting

If the general public weren't raving about the Seferi win they were on the same page as bookmakers with Betfair traders seeing very little change in the Fury - Joshua betting. Still a fantasy match-up, the Sportsbook allows backers a chance to play match-maker and get in early to secure a shot at value.

If Fury and Joshua were to meet before December 31st 2018 you'd find AJ favourite with 4/5 the current betting against Fury's even money. It's still early days and Tyson would surely admit himself he has a long way to travel down the road of recovery before being a genuine threat to the Londoner but that indecision on the trading floor will catch the attention of punters.

At the time of writing Betfair and Paddy Power are the only firms offering method of victory markets on the fight with the favourite being Joshua by KO/TKO at 6/4. Fury to win back the world titles he still believes are rightfully his on points is also 6/4 on the Betfair Sportsbook.

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