Sunday 25 June 2017

Irish fans praise Fury after world title triumph

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury

John Brennan

Irish fans have claimed Tyson Fury as one of their own after his world title win.

Fury, who is the son of Irish Traveller immigrants to the UK, became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world when he overcame long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf.

His father, Johnny Fury, says Tyson was born in Galway. Fury has previously spoken of his Irish roots and expressed his regret at not being able to represent Ireland at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

He once appeared in a BBC interview wearing an Antrim GAA jersey.

The new world champion represented Ireland in the amateur ranks against Poland and the USA in 2007, winning both fights.

'Love/Hate' actor John Connors, a member of the Traveller community, congratulated him on Twitter.

Boxer Andy Lee said: "An historical night. A Gypsy World Heavyweight did us all proud."

Musician Maverick Sabre said: "Can't beat the fighting Irish".

Fury (pictured) predicted in 2012 that he would be "the first Irish heavyweight champion."

Irish Independent

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