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Fury has been out of action for two-and-a-half years after suffering self-confessed problems with depression and cocaine use.

But now the heavyweight is finally due to return on June 9 at the Manchester Arena with the long-term goal of winning back the belts he first claimed by beating Wladimir Klitschko in Germany back in 2015.

However, the 29-year-old will first need several tune-up fights to rediscover his best form and confirmed he will take on unknown cruiserweight Seferi in his first contest back.

But the Albanian is planning an upset and has been sparring Arnold Gjergjaj, the 6ft 5in heavyweight who was stopped by David Haye in May 2016, in an effort to prepare for a fighter of Fury’s size.

“[I’ve been sparring] with my good friends Arnold Gjergjaj, Agron Dzila and Alexander Dimitrenko, and with my brother, Nuri Seferi,” Seferi told Boxing News.

“This will be a good fight and you will all find out on June 9 what I can do.

“I will beat him with my lion heart!

“I’m Albanian and we are simply born to fight.

“Maybe I will not be able to push him back in the ring, but I know I have the power to knock him out. I know I can knock him out.

“As to how I will deal with Fury’s height and reach, all I can say is, you will see!”

Seferi, 39, is a cruiserweight campaigner by trade although he did fight Manuel Charr, now WBA “Regular” heavyweight champion, in the top division back in 2016.

He lost on points on that occasion, the only defeat of his 24-bout professional career, but the majority of his opponents have been fighters with losing records.

But Seferi is keen to dispel talk that he might prove an easy comeback opponent for Fury.

“People can say what they want to say,” Seferi added.

“I have proved in the past, in my fight with Manuel Charr for example, that it is not so easy to knock me down or to knock me out. This fight, all the pressure is on Tyson Fury.”

He added: “I began training for the fight two weeks ago, but I am always in what I call training mode.

“I am always in good physical shape and in the gym. No way am I at all worried about coming there for the fight – I’m really looking forward to coming to Manchester.

“I look up to Fury, he is a living legend and it is a big honour for me to fight him.

“When I beat him I will give him a rematch.”



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