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Friday 22 June 2018

Fury: I'm fighting for people who need help

Tyson Fury during the weigh-in. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Tyson Fury during the weigh-in. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Despite shedding more than eight stones to get himself back into fighting shape, Tyson Fury will carry a significant weight advantage into his comeback bout against Albanian Sefer Seferi in Manchester.

Fury weighed in at 19st 10lb at a good-natured weigh-in yesterday, making him 4st 9lb heavier than Seferi, whom he whisked off his feet and cradled in his arms as if to labour the point.

Fury has not fought since he beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to land the world heavyweight title before his career threatened to spiral out of control.

Fury was stripped of his boxing licence as he fought a ban over a failed drugs test, while his battle against depression contributed to a weight gain which led to doubts over his future.

The 29-year-old is adamant his return can serve as an inspiration for others who may be going through similar health issues.

Fury said: "I've had massive support throughout all my troubles.

"This isn't just me and my team, it's me and the whole nation. I seem to have everyone behind me and I'm coming back and fighting for them.

"I'm fighting for people who need inspiration and help - people who suffer from mental health problems as well.

"It's living proof if I can do it, then anyone can do it. To come from 27 and a half stone and to get to fighting level - that is a statement.

"I'm not here to dwell on the past. Let's move on to the next chapter - the new Tyson Fury, the people's champion

Seferi can punch - 21 of his 23 wins have come inside the distance - but all his wins have come at cruiserweight, and his only loss was to heavyweight Manuel Charr in 2016."

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