I won't take anything for granted and I'll enjoy every moment.
Fury was eventually given a backdated two-year ban for testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone and in exile he piled on the pounds while the WBA, WBO and IBF titles slipped into the hands of others.
"It meant miracles (to be back in the ring)".
Farce and Fury assailed Manchester in equal measure on Saturday night, as the former world heavyweight champion gurned around the ring for 12 minutes of his boxing comeback before his hopelessly inadequate opponent quit on his stool. "That's who I want".
Fury only got going in the fourth round and his brief exhibition of power convinced Sefer Seferi's corner to pull out the Switzerland-based Albanian before the start of the fifth round. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 9, 2018.
After his first fight since upsetting Wladimir Klitschko on points for three world heavyweight titles in November 2015, Fury said in the ring: "I felt fantastic, it was like having my debut again".
The contest at times resembled a pantomine with Fury gurning and throwing his arms into the air through much of the opening round.
After the fight, Fury's promoter Frank Warren confirmed Fury will next be in the ring in Belfast in August, as he takes his place on the card for Carl Frampton's next fight.
Fury has been linked with a clash against former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, who is roughly the same size as Seferi.
Sporadic thick right hands from Fury had Seferi on the back-foot in the fourth, and his corner evidently made a decision to spare him further drawn-out punishment when they summoned Edwards and withdrew their man at the end of the round.
With boos ringing down from the upper tiers, it was hardly the victorious homecoming Fury had in mind, although much more relevant contests are sure to follow.
The Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist - who was at ringside for Fury's comeback - said a fight between the pair "would create a lot of interest".