MANCHESTER, England -- Tyson Fury was not concerned about a lack of action during his four-round comeback win.
It was all too easy for the former world heavyweight champion against little-known Sefer Seferi at Manchester Arena.
So easy that Fury could afford to joke about it early on and glance out at a scuffle taking place in the crowd. At that point, there was more fighting going on outside the ring than in it.
Fury was eventually told off for showboating and joking by referee Phil Edwards, and he then began to get into his rhythm, landing heavy shots in the fourth round.
The Albanian Seferi was immediately put off and was pulled out of the fight before the start of the fifth round.
"I was enjoying myself too much and I apologized to the referee," Fury said at the postfight news conference. "The opponent was small and light. He didn't come to fight, he came to run around the ring. But he took me a few rounds, which I was more than happy with. I wouldn't change a thing, and we move on to the next one. I will go back home and have pizza and then get back on it.
"I could have knocked him out in the first round, but what good would that have done me? I got four rounds in and TV exposure. He took a couple of hard punches and didn't want to know.
"I learned two-and-a-half years is a long time to be out. I'll take my career very seriously this time and enjoy every moment."
Fury has been kept out of the ring since since November 2015 for multiple reasons. After beating Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles, Fury's life spun out of control and he had not fought since.
The Manchester boxer suffered depression and admitted to drinking too much and taking cocaine, before it was revealed he tested positive for a banned steroid.
Fury was given a backdated two-year doping ban, and he declared his boxing career finished as he piled on the pounds.
But Fury rediscovered his passion for boxing and claimed to have lost eight stones (112 pounds) ahead of facing Seferi.
Promoter Frank Warren says a fight against either Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, who holds all the world heavyweight titles between them, is not likely until later next year.
Warren plans to keep Fury busy but has no idea yet who he will face in his next fight at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Aug. 18.
"I've been realistic from the beginning that we're not going to put him in with big names early on," Warren said at a news conference. "He needs to get the ring rust off. We picked Seferi because he had gone ten rounds with Manuel Charr. The objective is to get him ready to fight for the world title as soon as possible.
"I think Anthony Joshua is fighting Alexander Povetkin in September, so he will not fight until next year now and I think Wilder has got a mandatory. In the meantime, we have to get Tyson more competitive fights."