Tyson Fury destroyed Deontay Wilder on Saturday night to become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world – and one fan is taking all the credit for his victory.
The Gypsy King produced a masterful performance in Las Vegas, knocking Wilder to the canvas twice before the beaten champion’s corner threw in the towel in round seven.
Saturday’s win marked a sensational turnaround for Fury, who ballooned to over 400lbs amid a number of mental health issues after tasting world glory for the first time against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
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And one of the Brit’s supporters took to LinkedIn after the fight to declare themselves the inspiration behind his remarkable comeback.
Mike Lewis posted a picture of himself with Fury on the business-oriented social media outlet and wrote: “About 3 years ago, I took Tyson to one side and said:
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“‘Tyson, your first is the same size as my head. Stop wasting your talent and you will become World Champion again’.
“3 years later and 10 stone lighter he is about to do the business.
“He promised to thank me in his post match interview but the truth is I need no thanks.
“The smile on his face says it all #blessedtobeablessing #inspiring #TysonFury”.
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And fans were quick to see the funny side of Mike’s post on Twitter.
One wrote: “‘I’d like to thank God, my coach, my family, and, most importantly, Mike Lewis’ – Tyson ‘I wouldn't be where I am without Mike Lewis’ Fury”.
Another said: “This is amazing”.
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Fury spiralled out of control in the aftermath of his win over Klitschko in 2015, abusing drink and drugs as a result of his battle with mental illness.
This time around, though, the 31-year-old insisted he had calmer celebrations in store.
“I might have a slice of pizza,” he told iFL TV after the win over Wilder.
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“I done all the celebrating for three years didn't I – there's not much I can do in my life worth celebrating.
“I think I'll go home and have a few glasses of water – that's it really. We're going to go out tonight baby. Hakkasan.”
Starsport understands fellow Brit and unified champion Anthony Joshua is now desperate to face Furyand has called promoter Eddie Hearn to demand the fight.
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