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Tyson Fury: ‘There’s nothing racial about this fight. We’re all human beings, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, pink or green, we all share the same blood.’ Photo: Al Bello

Tyson Fury: ‘There’s nothing racial about this fight. We’re all human beings, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, pink or green, we all share the same blood.’ Photo: Al Bello

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Tyson Fury: ‘There’s nothing racial about this fight. We’re all human beings, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, pink or green, we all share the same blood.’ Photo: Al Bello

Sport has delivered few more life affirming images than that of Tyson Fury belting out 'American Pie' in the early hours of this morning last week after beating Deontay Wilder in their world heavyweight title fight.

Fury had just produced one of the finest boxing performances in decades, yet he seemed as carefree and relaxed as a man answering a noble call to do his karaoke duty at some family function. Outside the ring the spectators were singing along. Inside the ring it was a sea of smiles. And out in TV land we were smiling too.

It was a great moment but there was a more significant one just before Fury did a better job on Don McLean's classic than Madonna managed. Unprompted by the interviewer he declared, "I just want to say, big shout to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight, he manned up, he really did show the heart of a champion. I hit him with a clear right hand and dropped him and he got up and battled into round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back and he will be a champion again."