Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?
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Undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury could be granted an audience with the Pope, following his second successive victory over Deontay Wilder last weekend.
The Gypsy King prevailed in the third and final meeting between the two fighters, as he capped off one of the all-time great heavyweight bouts with a blowing knockout in the 11th round in Las Vegas.
Fury is known to be a devoted Christian following his traveller origins and often dedicates his fights to his religion, including Sunday’s win over Wilder.
In the ring following the bout Fury said: “First of all I’d like to thank my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. In the mighty name of Jesus I won this fight tonight again, I give him the glory he gives me the victory.
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“I was down a couple of times, I was hurt. Wilder is a strong puncher and he is a tough man. I was hitting him with some big shots and my lord and saviour rose me to my feet tonight to give him the glory.”
Since then the 33-year-old’s co-promoter Bob Arum revealed that World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman is in the progress of organising Fury an audience with the Pope.
Arum told iFL TV: “Mauricio said to me he’s a great admirer of Tyson Fury. Also Mauricio showed me pictures, he’s apparently a friend of the Pope.
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“He’s gonna arrange for Tyson and his wife Paris to have an audience with the Pope. That is essentially what I talked about with Mauricio. That would be a great honour and I know Tyson would revel in that.”
After the Gypsy King succumbed Wilder to yet another defeat in the early hours of Sunday, the Bronze Bomber’s sportsmanship was heavily questioned following the bout after it seemed the American refused to acknowledge his opponent.
Of course Fury did not take kindly to Wilder’s lack of courtesy, and slammed his defeated opponent during his post-fight interview in the ring.
The Englishman said: “It was only a matter of time before he went. He went down first and went down last and that’s all she wrote.
“I went to say well done to him and he wouldn’t have any of it. The man is a sore loser and a proper s***house. That’s the true heart of a cowardly man when he won’t shake a better man’s hand.
“Not once but three times I beat him. Today wasn’t my greatest night, two years out of the ring, wasn’t all there. But I still done enough to be victorious and show heart and balls like a lion.”
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