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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Let’s Call Him Tyson: Former heavyweight king is back to inherit the throne

Let’s Call Him Tyson: Former heavyweight king is back to inherit the throne

Can he regain the crown?
Publish Date: 06/07/2018
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Former heavyweight champion of the world is back.

Former World Champion Tyson Fury’s comeback fight against Sefer Seferi fight will take place June 9th at the Manchester Arena.

Tyson Fury enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. He also enters a big betting favorite, according to netbet.co.uk. The former heavyweight unified champion Fury is coming off a 2½-year layoff from boxing to resume his career.

Fury’s last fight was one of the most astonishing upsets boxing has known, as Fury dethroned the long-reigning Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, winning a unanimous points decision with the most memorable performance of his career. He then tested positive for cocaine, had alcohol issues, gained serious weight and looked like he wasn’t going to box again. There are recent pictures of Fury training, and he seems to be more fit and ready to go than he did just last year. Fury is now 29 years-old, stands at 6’9”, has an 85-inch reach and an orthodox stance. When in good form, Fury puts together crisp combinations and throws every punch with a purpose and is a quality power puncher. Fury is the type of guy who doesn’t need to land clean to drop his opponent. Fury has great footwork, moves well for his size and has great punch selection. He is also one of the best boxers in the world when he’s actually boxing and has his life together. The problem now is what type of ring rust is there going to be? “2 Fast” has fought most of his career in England, his birthplace.

Sefer “The Real Deal” Seferi comes into the bout with a record fight of 23-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Seferi has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Laszlo Hubert. Seferi is a 39-year-old Albanian, who is the much smaller man; he has fought most of his career as a cruiserweight. Seferi has also spent his entire career beating up on low-level fighters, as his only respectable opponent resulted in a 2016 UD loss to Manuel Charr. Seferi is a patient fighter who focuses on defense and is technically good. The problem is Seferi has to do a better job of letting his hands go if he’s going to have any chance of pulling off the upset. I’ve seen nothing from Seferi that suggests he has the skill set to compete with fury. This will be Seferi’s first career fight in England.

As long as Fury is in shape, he should have zero trouble in this bout. This is simply a fight to knock off the ring rust and get himself back in the heavyweight shop window again. Fury has the potential to be involved in the biggest heavyweight fight in British history if he ever steps in the ring with Anthony Joshua.

Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker

After a solid run at lightweight, “Turbo” (33-0 with 13 KOs) is making a 5-pound jump in weight to face American Maurice Hooker (23-0-3 with 16 KOs). The Manchester-born Flanagan is trying to brand himself a top player once again and the odds at netbet.co.uk seem to indicate that his initial step will be a successful one.

The collective wisdom is that the 28-year-old southpaw will be too speedy, too slick, and too experienced for “Mighty Mo”. Hooker has some ability, but his draw to Darleys Perez, a man who Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell recently stopped, likely indicates that he has capped out.

With the World Boxing Super Series coming to junior-welterweight, Flanagan may have few big-time opponents to look forward to, though I’m sure Frank Warren wouldn’t mind pairing him with up-and-comer Jack Catterall.

Preliminary Match

Nathan Gorman (12-0, 10 KOs), a Ricky Hatton-trained heavyweight with hands as quick as you would seem to find anywhere above 14 stone (about 200 lbs.), takes on Sean “Big Sexy Turner (12-2, 8 KOs) in a bout that should help the 21-year-old progress. Turner was able to take the former Olympian Filip Hrgovic the distance in his last outing.

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