Tyson Fury has been invited to the White House by US President Donald Trump following his thrilling victory over Deontay Wilder, and the heavyweight champion, who gave thanks to his “Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the ring immediately after the fight, will also be granted an audience with the Pope at the Vatican later this year.
According to the Stuff website, the 31-year-old, 6-foot-9 self-styled “Gypsy King” joined his fans at after-parties in Las Vegas and then returned home after ripping the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from Wilder in a dominant performance to add the only world title belt which had eluded the Briton.
There had been talk of a homecoming parade for Fury, but promoter Frank Warren told The Telegraph: “US president Donald Trump has invited Tyson and Wilder to the White House. Also the World Boxing Council have got an invitation from the Pope too. It shows you what can happen in the space of two years. The journey he has been on has been an amazing thing. He’s turned his whole life around.”
Fury, who has overcame mental health issues to become a two-time world champion, still undefeated, has captured hearts and minds in the past year, and the fighter is now being compared to the greats of the sporting firmament.
Fury will have earned in the region of £30 million for the victory over Wilder, and the heavyweight chess game of fights and negotiations will centre around whether Fury will fight Wilder in a trilogy match – the deposed champion has 28 days in which to activate a clause in the contract – or Britain will have the biggest of blockbuster fights with Anthony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, meeting for an undisputed heavyweight showdown.