Britain´s Tyson Fury (R) connects with a left against Albania´s Sefer Seferi during their heavyweight contest at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, northern England on June 9, 2018.
Seferi quit on the stool after four rounds of action against the returning Fury on Saturday night in Manchester, leaving those in attendance dissatisfied. "As you could see I wasn't in a rush, I was having a bit of fun. the calibre of opponents will keep rising".
"I've had massive support throughout all my troubles, everybody's really been helping me and spurring me on", Fury said on Friday.
Fury has vowed to reclaim the world title and took his first step on that road against the over-matched Seferi, a former cruiserweight, who was withdrawn by his corner after taking some punishment in the fourth round. But he took me a few rounds, which I was more than happy with.
Seferi was seven inches shorter and almost five stones lighter than Fury, who used his reach and height to ensure there was never any danger of an upset.
Fans will now be expecting Team Fury to take on some tougher challenges in next fights, with the The Gypsy King due to be back out on the Carl Frampton undercard on August 18 in Belfast.
"I could have knocked him out in the first round but what good would that have done me?" He needs to get the ring rust off.
Germany's Manuel Charr, who holds the secondary WBA title, is one potential opponent for Fury in the next six months.
Just boxing again was an achievement for Fury, whose life span out of control after ending Klitschko's nine-and-half year reign.
After twice pulling out of rematches with Klitschko, Fury then admitted problems with mental health, drinking too much and cocaine use before it was revealed he failed a drugs test for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.
Joshua and Deontay Wilder, the American who holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) belt, remain distant targets for Fury as they are in talks to face each other.
Fury was given a backdated two-year doping ban, and he declared his boxing career finished as he piled on the pounds.