Tyson Fury marked his boxing comeback with a farcical four-round win over outclassed Albanian Sefer Seferi at Manchester Arena.
Fighting for the first time since claiming the world heavyweight title from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury secured a victorious return when Seferi retired on his stool at the end of the round.
The former world heavyweight champion was never likely to be troubled by an opponent whom he out-weighed by over four-and-a-half stone and towered over by a foot.
But even set against such lowly expectations, the contest at times resembled a pantomine with Fury gurning and throwing his arms into the air through much of the opening round.
By the fourth it became apparent Fury, who sporadically unloaded right hands, could end the fight when ever he wished - but the decision was taken out of his hands by Seferi's corner.
With boos ringing down from the upper tiers, it was hardly the victorious homecoming Fury had in mind - but much more relevant contests are sure to follow.
4Fury was delighted with the win and vowed to win a world title before the end of the year.
He told BT Sport 1: "(Promoter) Frank's (Warren) going to keep me busy and I'm going to have a world title by the end of the year - that's a promise."
After over two years since his last professional fight, he added: "It felt fantastic (to be back). It was like I was having my debut again. It's been a long time out of the ring and I needed to get some rounds in.
"I'm very thankful to Frank Warren and everyone that came out to support me. (The support) It meant miracles to me. This opponent Seferi's a very tough guy. He came here, he started to get on the back foot and move around a bit which was quite awkward because he's quite a bit smaller than me.
"I wanted to fight, stand and have a fight with him. But it (the retirement) happened and it wasn't my fault that they pulled him out.
"I'm sure Frank's going to keep me busy and the calibre of opponents will keep rising."