Tyson Fury clowned his way through his first fight in more than 2 1/2 years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Seferi was a game opponent while it lasted but this has left the fans wanting more with a spot on the Carl Frampton under-card at Windsor Park on August 18th the date for the next step on the comeback trail.
An nearly comical fight saw Fury with a six-inch height advantage over the Albanian - and his laughing, play-acting and tongue-pulling suggested he was not having to exert himself too much in his first fight for two and a half years.
Fury could now face former WBC world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew as he gears up towards a heavyweight clash. But I wouldn't change a thing.
"I'll have a world title by the end of the year, that's a promise", declared Fury.
"We took Seferi, who had a good record and a tough chin and he took me a few rounds".
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At 29, he is yet to take on a high-profile opponent and he would surely jump at the chance to meet Fury in the ring, even if it meant travelling to the United Kingdom for the first time his career. "Deontay Wilder, don't get me started", he said.
"He took a couple of hard punches and didn't want to know". I am determined to enjoy my career this time around and not take anything for granted.
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.
Fighting for the first time since claiming the world heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury sporadically unloaded right hands as he showboated through the scheduled 10-round bout and received a warning from referee Phil Edwards.
Frank Warren, promoter to both Fury and Frampton, confirmed that the heavyweight would appear on the Belfast bill as he continues his comeback. "He needs to get the ring rust off". We picked Seferi because he had gone ten rounds with Manuel Charr.
'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. "In the meantime we have to get Tyson more competitive fights".