Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is using his comeback fight to gain much-needed rounds at Manchester Arena on June 9.
Fury has faced criticism from UK rival Tony Bellew for his choice of opponent, although the 27 year-old says Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi is an ideal foil for his first fight in 31 months.
“I need rounds against Seferi because I’ve been out for a long time. I don’t need a knockout after 10 seconds,” Fury told the London Evening Standard.
“That is why I picked an opponent who is very tough.
“Any man who has had 24 fights and only lost one on points and never been knocked out can’t be a pushover.
“I should beat him comfortably but I need someone who can keep coming forward and put me under pressure,” he added.
November 2015 is a long gap inbetween contests and Fury will be hoping, not only to shake off the ring rust but to display what he and new trainer Ben Davison have been working on in the gym.
Following a split with uncle Peter, Fury has been dividing his time between Spain and Ricky Hatton’s Gym in Hyde, Manchester ahead of a contest that will see all eyes of the world on the North of England.
Any slip-ups will be wholely scrutinized by heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and criticized by some in the media, who believe Fury will find it tough to come back from such a long spell out of action.
A stoppage is what’s needed, potentially in the second half of the contest, as Fury begins the long road to redemption and the regaining of his belts – which he never lost in the ring.