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Tyson Fury mocks Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua in presser

Tyson Fury mocks Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua in presser

Flanagan suffered a split decision defeat to American Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO super-lightweight title, with two judges favouring Hooker 117-111 and 115-113, and the third going for Flanagan 117-111.

With Fury occupying the spotlight centre-stage, his Albanian opponent has been relegated to the shadows, leaving it to the former heavyweight champion to big him up.

His promoter Frank Warren is evidently intent on keeping Fury busy as he begins his long road back towards the top, and he is next scheduled to fight at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 18.

Some bookmakers have Fury as short as 1-500 to win, giving Saturday night's fight at Manchester Arena the air of what it is: something to whet the appetite.

"He didn't come to fight, he came to run around the ring", Fury told a press conference.

Britain´s Tyson Fury (R) exchanges blows with Albania´s Sefer Seferi during their heavyweight contest at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, northern England on June 9, 2018.

"We keep moving onward and keep moving forwards and the objective is to get him into contention to fight for the world title as soon as possible".

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"At the end of the day, he needs rounds and he got four under his belt".

With a height advantage of 10 inches and weighing almost five stone heavier than the Albanian, Fury's camp are hopeful that they will find a taller and heavier opponent for his Belfast bout.

But Fury's reign was brief with rematches twice cancelled against Klitschko before he admitted to problems with depression, drink and drugs.

Fury has been kept out of the ring since since November 2015 for multiple reasons.

Afterwards Fury, whom his promoter Frank Warren said will fight again in Belfast on August 18, was his usual whirl of contradictions insisting Warren serve up a 7ft 2in opponent for his next bout - or alternatively, a man with one leg - and pouring scorn on the rest of his heavyweight rivals.

Mid fight, former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and his opponent even appeared to look at the punch drunk punters as they landed punches on one another. We picked Seferi because he had gone ten rounds with Manuel Charr.

"I look at Sefer like I look at Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, anybody. Joshua is conservative, holds back, everything comes off the jab, whereas Dillian Whyte wears his heart on his sleeve and that'll make for a more entertaining fight".