Tyson Fury declared himself the greatest yesterday after winning one of the most sensational bouts in boxing history – then ran like a champion until 3 p.m.
The 33-year-old Gypsy King retained her crown in the 11th round of Las Vegas after beating American Deontay Wilder.
Echoing Muhammad Ali, Tyson roared: “Am I the greatest heavyweight of my era? without a doubt. I believe I can beat anyone in history.”
The Gypsy King swirled £800 vodka out of the bottle, sipped lager and sang to fans just three hours after co-ing Deontay Wilder.
He told the clubs: “They’ll talk about this f**** fight a thousand years from today. They’ll say where were you? You were all here with the winner!”
A few hours earlier, after coming back from the canvas twice, he said: “Am I the biggest heavyweight of my era? Without a doubt. Number one, number one. I believe I can beat anyone in history.” No matter what man is born, I believe I have a very good chance of defeating him.”
Superstar Fury, 33, added: “Next, I’ll have to get drunk – so thank you very much.”
True to his word, he was at the Hakkasan club at 12.45 p.m., ending the fight at 9.35 p.m. with a right hand to his American opponent in the 11th round.
The bash had a ringside seat where he partyed with wife Paris, 31, brother Tommy, 22, boxer Joseph Parker, 29, and 30 of his members.
Fury entered the club for the AC/DC hit You Shook Me All Night Long, the song he used for his ring walk, wearing a suit and trousers with his Gypsy King motif. Holding a Bud Light, two black eyes and a bandage on his head, he took off his suit jacket and began to dance barefoot.
He shadowboxed Queen’s song We Are the Champions and posed with fans before jumping on top of the DJ booth with Tommy and Parker.
A cannon fired confetti into the crowd as Fury kissed and held his hands together in a prayer motion during Livin’ On a Prayer.
‘I gotta get drunk’
The father of six led the crowd in a round of “Oh, Tyson Fury” to the tune of the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army. For the next few hours, he hugged with wife Paris from two £800 Magnum Gray Goose vodka and bottles of Bud Light at their table in a VIP area.
The club’s menu includes 30 liters of Ace of Spades Rose Champagne for £217,000, while a three-litre bottle costs just £15,000. Bottles were brought inside a makeshift boxing belt by multi-coloured women to VIP punters who spent £1,400 on alcohol.
DJ Steve Aoki played at the five-story venue inside the MGM Grand. When he wore Don McLean’s classic American Pie, Fury couldn’t resist grabbing the mic to calm the crowd with a song.
He then jumped on the DJ booth again and launched Sweet Caroline a second time. After first thrashing his wife Paris, who was dancing on the sofa in the VIP area, he started whipping the crowd. Fury roared: “Make some finger noises! Is everyone having a good time here tonight? Let’s take it up the s***ing notch. Let’s take it to heaven, Bliss!”
As soon as the AC/DC song Thunderstruck began playing Fury, still shirtless and standing atop the DJ booth, played an air guitar and declared it “one of the greatest songs ever written”.
As the crowd chanted the fighter’s name, DJ Aoki shouted: “It’s Tyson Fury Day! There is a legend in the building with us. “
Fury, Paris and their crew leave the club at 3 p.m. He was supposed to host a pool party last night.
High drama in Sin City marked an explosive conclusion to a trilogy of feuds between Fury and 35-year-old Wilder.
‘Legend in the building’
The first contest ended in a controversial draw before Fury defeated Wilder in a seventh-round TKO last February. The third fight, scheduled for July, was postponed when Fury captured Kovid.
In August their newborn daughter Athena was battling for life in intensive care. Both fighters are said to have earned at least £30 million in Saturday’s match.
Undefeated WBC title-holder Fury could now earn £100 million in a match against Brit Anthony Joshua next year. Millions of dark-eyed Britons woke up at 4.40 a.m. to fight.
In Vegas, a full house of 20,000, including basketball legends Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neill, was at the T-Mobile Arena. Tickets were going for £3,600 each, rising to £28,000 ringside.
Fury’s tumultuous career has seen him abuse cocaine and balloons to over 28 stones. He drank 18 pints of lager a day, as well as whiskey and vodka, before stopping on the way home for pizza and kebabs.
The Manchester-born star, now based in Morecambe, gave up his world title in 2017 after accepting a two-year doping ban. He fell into severe depression and attempted suicide.
After arriving at the T-Mobile Arena, Fury warned those back home: “Get some energy drinks, whatever you need. Stay awake – it’s going to be exciting.”
He entered the ring dressed as a Spartan and defeated Wilder in the third round. Britt was floored twice in the fourth but slowly regained control and Wilder was left bleeding profusely from his mouth and left ear.
Finally, at one minute and ten seconds in Round 11, Fury’s brilliant KO ended the contest. With a tearful Paris by his side, he played Walking in Vegas to fans and said: “Lancashire, la la la.”
Actor Dwayne the Rock Johnson said: “It was one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to my friend and champion Tyson Fury. What a beautiful and resilient performance.”
Piers Morgan tweeted: “What. a fight. Two perfect warriors. “
Added Gary Lineker’s match of the day: “What a champion.”
Fury later said: “Never doubt me. When chips are low, I can always deliver. I can only beat anyone in my era and that’s what I’ve done all my life. I’m my round.” I’m the biggest heavyweight of all.”