Tyson Fury has accepted a challenge from new WWE champion Drew McIntyre but warned him he is "not a 45-year-old man" like Brock Lesnar, the person he beat for the world title.

McIntyre defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 and called out WBC heavyweight champion Fury after his historic victory.

In response, Fury ridiculed Lesnar, whose actual age is 42, and claimed he would have "set about" both wrestlers had he not been prevented from attending the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fury has appeared in WWE before, defeating Braun Strowman at the company's Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia last October.

He thinks that experience will stand him in good stead to take on McIntyre, who became the first British world champion in WWE history.

Addressing the challenge on Instagram, Fury wrote: "Drew McIntyre has called me out after his WWE WrestleMania 36 victory.

"First I say congratulations and what a fantastic job. Secondly, I accept his challenge, anytime, any place, anywhere."

Fury then elaborated on the situation in an interview with talkSPORT.

The undefeated boxer said: "I was supposed to be at WrestleMania 36 but obviously with the coronavirus I couldn't be there.

"Drew McIntyre? Well I probably would have jumped in the ring and set about both of them

"I'm all open for it, open for the challenge. I have beaten one big giant wrestler who was bigger than Drew - Braun Strowman, knocked him clean out - I'm sure I'll do the same to our old Drew!

"I'm ecstatic for him because it's the first ever time in history that a British fighter has won the WWE heavyweight championship of the world.

"So congratulations to Drew, but I'm not a 45-year-old man like Brock Lensar, I am in the prime of my life.

"Like I've shown before, I can cross over to any sport and win. If Drew McIntyre wants the Gypsy King then he doesn't have to look very far because I'm here and I'm available!

"[I beat] Deontay Wilder, the most fearsome puncher in the history of heavyweight boxing, so I'll have no objections to smashing Drew McIntyre."

It is exactly 35 years since Wrestlemania I took place and never has the mantra 'the show must go on' been more apt than in the world of WWE.

While the globe has been ground to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, Vince McMahon's global sports entertainment behemoth has continued with its weekly television shows Raw and Smackdown filmed in the absence of live audiences at the company's performance center.

Indeed, WWE's flagship event Wrestlemania is going ahead in the same fashion despite the breakout of COVID-19, which curtailed hosting the show at the original location of the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Fan favourites including John Cena, Becky Lynch, Bray Wyatt, Charlotte Flair, Edge, Randy Orton and Bill Goldberg are scheduled to appear on a bumper card shown over Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

But there will also be the presence of former NFL star Rob Gronkowski, who is slated to serve as host of Wrestlemania 36.

The ex-New England Patriots tight end – who helped his buddy Mojo Rawley win the 'Andre the Giant Battle Royal' during the Wrestlemania 33 pre-show – is not the first athlete to show up in WWE. Here we take a look at some others.


England and Manchester United's record goalscorer had a run-in with Wade Barrett during a November 2015 edition of Monday Night Raw.

Preston fan Barrett, incensed by what he felt was a dive by Rooney in an FA Cup tie between his team and United nine months prior, said the now Derby County midfielder embarrasses his son "every time you step on a football pitch". Rooney retaliated with a slap.


"Ronda's gonna kill ya..." was the chant emanating around Levi's Stadium as the fearsome Ronda Rousey stepped between the ropes at Wrestlemania 31.

Accompanied by WWE great Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, now a worldwide movie star, UFC icon Rousey was involved in a spat with the legendary Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.

Three years later, Rousey partnered Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle to defeat 'The Game' and 'The Billion Dollar Princess'. In January 2018, she became an in-ring regular and won Raw's women's title, which she dropped to Lynch a year ago.


Better known for slam dunks, former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal got in a choke slam at Wrestlemania 32.

The four-time NBA champion had a stare down with the Big Show, before the two combined to slam the 'Big Red Machine' Kane.


Ricky Hatton earned hordes of fans throughout a brilliant boxing career.

In November 2009, 'The Hitman' stepped into a different kind of ring to host an episode of Raw from Sheffield Arena.

Hatton even donned the gloves to land a knockout punch on Chavo Guerrero Jr., with whom he had feuded on the evening.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. has beaten them all in the boxing ring, as his 50-0 record proves.

But it was a true case of David vs Goliath when Mayweather, approximately 5'7" and 150lbs, came up against the 7'2", 500lb giant The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.

Despite the notable size advantage, Big Show was distracted by a member of Mayweather's entourage hitting him with a chair and 'Money' delivered a telling blow, albeit while wearing brass knuckles, to knock out his huge opponent.


Pete Rose is a legend of the baseball world, holding MLB's all-time hits record and winning the World Series on three occasions.

Rose was part of the 1970s Cincinnati Reds team that earned the nickname 'The Big Red Machine'.

But his run in with WWE's own 'Big Red Machine' Kane during the late 1990s and 2000 have become the thing of wrestling folklore.

On one such occasion at Wrestlemania 15, Rose was disguised as a chicken and earned a beatdown from Kane, including his devastating tombstone finishing manoeuvre.


'Iron' Mike Tyson is no stranger to a WWE ring.

'The Baddest Man on the Planet' had an infamous showdown with 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, one of the all-time greats in WWE, on an episode of Raw and had seemingly sided with one of the company's most famous stables D-Generation X before one of its members Shawn Michaels faced Austin at Wrestlemania 14.

However, during the event Tyson showed his true allegiance, counting the pin for Austin and clocking Michaels. Some 12 years later, Tyson buried the hatchet with his DX foes, unveiling a shirt with their logo on and knocking out Chris Jericho during a Raw segment.


Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee - did you know this boxing legend starred in WWE?

Okay, sure, back then it was known as WWF when Ali was one of the guest referees at the first Wrestlemania at New York's Madison Square Garden for the main event between 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan and A-Team star Mr. T versus 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.


Few men strike fear in their opponents quite like Brock Lesnar, who is as well known for his two stints in WWE as he is for being a former UFC heavyweight champion.

Lesnar is a multi-time champion in the organisation and will defend his WWE title against Drew McIntyre this weekend.


'The Gypsy King' recently crowned his own personal road to recovery by knocking out Deontay Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight champion.

The big-talking Briton warmed up for that bout by enjoying a short run in WWE, feuding with 'The Monster Among Men' Braun Strowman, which resulted in Fury in earning a count-out win over his huge opponent at WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view last October.

Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua would have "no problem" facing Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder in a December heavyweight unification fight a year on from his previous bout.

Joshua is due to put his world heavyweight titles on the line against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

Hearn, the Brit's promoter, knows that is unlikely to go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic, given there is no knowing when sport will resume and Spurs still have a Premier League season to finish.

Fury and Wilder were due to do battle for a third time in July, but the WBC champion's co-promoter, Bob Arum, said the trilogy fight could be put back to October.

Hearn does not feel Joshua would have an issue stepping straight into a titanic showdown in search of a sweep of the titles at the end of the year if there is a drastic change of plan.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Right now our plan is to fight Pulev in June or July then fight Fury or whoever holds the WBC belt at the time.

"If the Pulev fight can't take place we may end up seeing that fight [against Fury] happen later this year.

"It wouldn't be ideal for AJ boxing in December to have been out for a whole year going into a fight like that but I don't think he would have a problem with it."

Joshua won a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia last December to regain his WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

Bob Arum says there is no chance Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight in July and the bout could take place early in October due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wilder took up the option of completing a trilogy with Fury after losing his WBC belt to the Brit in Las Vegas last month.

July 18 had been stated as a potential date for a third battle between the two at the MGM Grand, but Fury's co-promoter ruled out any possibility of that going ahead amid the COVID-19 crisis

Asked if the fight could be staged in fourth months' time, Arum told ESPN: "Clearly not. We don't even know if the MGM will even be open by then.

"You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn't convince them or ourselves.

"Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets?

"It's absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can't even get there.

"So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It's part of what's happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October."

Oleksandr Usyk is keen to take on either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury to end British dominance of the heavyweight division.

Fury completed a stunning seven-round demolition of knockout specialist Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas last month to collect the WBC title, while countryman Joshua holds the other three major heavyweight belts after avenging his defeat to Andy Ruiz with a comprehensive points win last December.

Usyk, who is like Fury undefeated and has a London 2012 gold medal in common with Joshua, cleaned out the cruiserweight division and has similar designs having stepped up to take on boxing's big men.

"I work hard on it," he told Sky Sports of his desire to hold all the heavyweight titles, with a scheduled May 23 bout against Dereck Chisora next on the agenda for the 33-year-old Ukrainian.

That fight, along with Joshua's IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 could yet fall victim to coronavirus cancellations.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn this week said the Pulev bout being shelved could lead to an immediate showdown with Fury.

Usyk, who is next in line with the WBO to challenge Joshua, is not overly concerned with such machinations.

"I want to fight both," the quicksilver southpaw replied when asked if he had a preference out of the two reigning champions.

"The last thing I think about is who will fight who. No predictions."

Usyk's step up to boxing's blue riband division has been checked by injury niggles, with a bicep problem delaying his heavyweight debut – a seventh-round stoppage of American journeyman Chazz Witherspoon that remains his only outing since knocking out Tony Bellew on a final cruiserweight assignment in November 2018.

"I need to stay active. I need to box," he added. "If your vocation is passive, it's not good. If you stay active, it's very good. This is my active vocation."

Sports stars were coming to terms on Sunday with another day of being sidelined amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Competitions including the Premier League, the NBA and Formula One were off as sport attempts to combat the spread of the virus.

There have been over 160,000 confirmed cases and more than 6,000 deaths worldwide.

Without work to keep them busy, athletes were finding other ways to entertain themselves - and often posting evidence online.

Tyson Fury would not have been in boxing action this weekend, as it is just weeks since his stunning world heavyweight title defeat of Deontay Wilder, but he was still impacted by coronavirus.

The Briton had been set to run the Liverpool Half Marathon but was advised not to, amid the crisis.

That did little to stop Fury, though, who continued with the run at home instead, dressed as Batman with strength and conditioning coach Kristian Blacklock as his sidekick Robin.

In the United States, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been vocal in bemoaning his boredom while the NBA is paused, but the world received evidence of how he has been using his time.

The Greek Freak's girlfriend uploaded a video of the reigning MVP playing Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water on guitar, and the Milwaukee Bucks ace replied: "If anyone wants a guitarist for their group, I'm free. Inbox me for booking."

Elsewhere, Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stayed active this weekend.

His popstar girlfriend Perrie Edwards - a member of Little Mix - posted a video of the pair dancing at home with the caption: "Precautionary self isolation can be fun!"

Football's most famous popstar WAG had also featured in a social media post on Saturday.

David Beckham had been anticipating Inter Miami's first home match against his former club LA Galaxy before the 2020 MLS season was suspended.

Beckham instead took his family to see his expansion club's stadium, though, and wife Victoria was enjoying herself as the tannoy blasted out Spice Girls songs.

Robert Lewandowski and Gabriel Jesus shared clips of their workouts, but Dries Mertens' was a little different.

The Napoli star was filmed lifting a giant wine bottle in his exercises, posting the video with the caption: "My greatest advice in life, 'A little bit of wine is the solution to a lot of problems'."

And Barcelona B midfielder Riqui Puig joined a campaign to keep people in their homes in Spain, skilfully juggling toilet roll in an apparent reference to the stockpiling prompted by the virus.

Eddie Hearn said he is negotiating a blockbuster heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, insisting "the undisputed fight must happen in 2020".

Joshua will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts on the line against challenger Kubrat Pulev on June 20, while WBC champion Fury is set to meet Deontay Wilder for a third bout in July.

Promoter Hearn is pushing for an all-British clash between Joshua and Fury in December.

"The great thing is that [Fury vs Wilder 3] is in July and we box in June," Hearn told Sky Sports News. "Now our intention, and conversations are ongoing, is to finalise the Fury vs Joshua fight for December of this year.

"There's no reason not to get that contracted now, subject to both guys winning in the summer."

"We had numerous conversations with Bob Arum at Top Rank over making Joshua vs Fury," said Hearn. "But we know that once Wilder exercised that rematch clause, that fight would be made. We understand Wilder wants to win his belt back.

"The proudness and ego of Wilder meant it was very unlikely. He's not stepping aside, he wants this rematch with Fury. The undisputed fight must happen in 2020."

"Joshua and Fury are certainly going to be boxing twice [or a] trilogy," Hearn added. "That's part of the deal that we are looking to do ASAP - a two-fight agreement with Fury and Arum at the end of this year then summer 2021.

"We must try and do that fight in the UK. Ask AJ and Fury where they would like it, and they would say the UK. We know there will be huge offers from around the world. Our priority is to try and make this fight in the UK.

"There will be two of these, maybe three, so certainly summer 2021 we'll get one in the UK. I would love to make the first one in the UK because we've got two British world champions who will fight for the undisputed title - this is never going to happen again. To do it in the UK would be very special."

Deontay Wilder has exercised his right to fight heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for the third time after losing the WBC title last month.

Wilder was dethroned by Fury (30-0-1) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, where the American star's unbeaten record was ended following a stunning seventh-round TKO.

Former champion Wilder (42-1-1), however, is set to go toe-to-toe with British boxer Fury again – the plan for the pair to meet at the same location in July.

"Now we will sit down and go through all the details for the fight," Top Rank chairman and Fury's co-promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.

"We realised that date was the favourite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight.

"It's after the basketball playoffs, baseball is in the middle of the season and there's no football. It's the ideal time. The hotel, MGM Grand, also believes it to be an ideal time."

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel also confirmed the trilogy, telling ESPN: "We did exercise it. We want to fight Fury next and we wanted to make sure we sent the letter and that it was done."

Deontay Wilder warned "the war has just begun" as he vowed to reclaim his WBC heavyweight world title following his defeat to Tyson Fury.

The previously unbeaten Wilder (42-1-1) retained his belt when the first fight between the pair ended in a contentious draw, but he was comprehensively outboxed by Fury (30-0-1) in Las Vegas last weekend.

The American was knocked down twice, appeared unsteady for much of the fight and was bleeding from his ear long before trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel for a seventh-round TKO at the MGM Grand.

Wilder later claimed his extravagant ring-walk costume was partly to blame for the loss, but he had not posted on his usually vibrant Twitter account since prior to the fight until Friday.

In a video message to his fans, Wilder boldly said: "Hello my people, my Bomb Squad army, my Bomb Squad nation, to all my loved ones around the world.

"I just want to let you know that I am here. Your king is here. And we ain't going nowhere, for the war has just begun. I will rise again.

"I am strong. I am a king. You can't take my pride. I am a warrior. I am a king that will never give up. I am a king that will fight to the death.

"And if anyone don't understand that, don't understand what it is to go to war, don't understand what it is to fight... We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back.

"We will hold our heads up high. Our king is in great spirits. And we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title.

"I'll see you in a few months, for the war has just begun. All my love to all my people."

Wilder has a rematch clause for a trilogy fight, although Anthony Joshua's (23-1) promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to pit his own fighter against Fury in a mammoth heavyweight unification bout.

Deontay Wilder's claim that his extravagant ring-walk costume was in part to blame for his defeat to Tyson Fury has been labelled a "poor excuse" by the Briton's promoter Frank Warren.

The previously unbeaten Wilder donned an outfit weighing over 40lbs in tribute to Black History Month prior to his Las Vegas rematch with Fury.

Wilder relinquished his WBC heavyweight title to Fury, who produced a masterclass en route to a sensational seventh-round TKO when his opponent's corner threw in the towel.

After the fight, Wilder did not partake in the post-match news conference as he was taken to hospital but the 34-year-old apportioned his off-key performance to the heavy attire.

"A lot of people saw I wasn't the same Deontay Wilder in there and they're correct," Wilder told The Athletic. 

"It's my own fault. My uniform I wore was very heavy for me. I had no legs from the first round on.

"My main focus was to survive with my legs, and not on the principles I know and normally think of. I couldn't follow up with the game plan because of my legs. I couldn't do anything.

"I didn't expect it to be that heavy and have that effect on me. That's the thing we didn't test out: walking to the ring. We didn't time it right. It's all my fault. It's a learning process. 

"I really admire Black History Month, and I wanted to pay tribute to all the men and women who came before me, and I risked that over my title. They died for me, they paved the way for me."

Warren questioned the validity of Wilder's claim, though, and said Fury was simply the better man on the night.

"It's a new one on me but all that gear he had on did make me scratch my head," Warren told talkSPORT.

"But that was his choice and I'm sure when he tried it on they didn't just give it to him on the night, he must have worn it and tried it on, it was made by somebody, so he knew what the weight was. 

"He got beaten by the better man on the night. It's a poor excuse, the best man won on the night, Tyson was the best man.

"And Tyson was in his country! It wasn't like it was over here. Tyson didn't complain about the referee, I thought the referee helped him [Wilder] at times. 

"He had everything going for him Deontay Wilder and got beat by a superb Tyson Fury on the night and that's the end of it."

The decision to throw in the towel was not taken by Wilder's head trainer Jay Deas, but rather assistant Mark Breland.

While Breland's actions have largely earned praise considering Wilder, who was already bleeding form the eardrum, was being pummelled on the ropes, it was a call questioned by the fighter and his team.

Wilder, while saying he understands why the towel was thrown in, will now consider whether Breland remains part of his corner.

"I understand – it's an emotional decision – but that's not his position," Wilder added. "I'm not being emotional now. For many, many years, I have talked about this to my team.

"They know my demeanour, my warrior mindset and if I say I'm going in there to try to kill a man like I have, I accept that in return he will have to kill me as well. I've told them many times that if anyone throws the towel in on me, there will be consequences.

"We love Mark to death and he'll always be part of the team. I understand they don't want me to get hurt, but I was in more danger when I got buzzed against [Luis] Ortiz [in my first fight] than I was in this one.

"Jay told him not to. Jay is the first. Mark did it anyway."

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury should accept Donald Trump's invitation to the White House then retire from boxing, his dad John has said.

A seventh-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday ensured Fury won the WBC belt and became a world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career.

The 31-year-old previously beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 but vacated the IBF, WBA and WBO titles while he fought depression and drug addiction.

He made his return to the ring in June 2018, shedding more than seven stone in six months, and completed his remarkable turnaround by beating Wilder two and a half years later.

"I just want my son to retire now," John Fury told Good Morning Britain.

"He's done enough. It's been an uphill battle for him.

"I think it's in the back of his mind. He can't do any more. He's won every professional title. Enough is enough. There's more to life now. He's given it his all.

"He's got no more to prove."

Fury has previously said he would "seriously think about walking away" once his current three-fight deal expires.

There are two fights remaining on that contract and one of those would be a third bout against Wilder if the American exercises a rematch clause to fight Fury again.

Saturday's second fight captured the attention of US President Trump, who suggested to reporters he would invite both men to the White House.

"That was a great fight," Trump said.

"Two great fighters, really very exciting. Maybe we have to bring them both to the White House because that was really a good one.

"In fact, I think we'll do that."

Some sports stars have swerved invitations to the White House since Trump assumed office yet Fury Senior encouraged his son to go.

"That's good for a Fury, isn't it," he said of Trump's offer.

"I'm a big fan of Donald Trump. It's been an amazing journey, look where it's ended.

"And what a great point to bow out on - a meeting in the White House."

Eddie Hearn has promised to set up an all-British heavyweight showdown between world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, but expects the bout to be delayed due to Deontay Wilder's rematch clause.

Fury captured the WBC belt in Las Vegas on Saturday with a seventh-round stoppage of Wilder and attention immediately turned to a unification bout with Joshua.

The WBA, WBO and IBF titles all belong to Joshua after he avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. with a points win in Saudi Arabia in December and Hearn has said Fury is the man his fighter wants next.

When Wilder was the WBC champion, a fight with Joshua proved too complicated to arrange, yet Hearn sees no issue now Fury is the belt-holder.

"I spoke to Top Rank and I spoke to MTK straight after the [Fury-Wilder] fight," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Everybody's very clear on this, everybody wants this fight. Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, [Fury's promoter] Frank Warren, Matchroom.

"There's some hurdles to overcome but nothing too much. I promise you this fight will happen."

He added: "You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

"Last time you had us and you had Team Wilder and we were locking heads. Right now you have two guys and two camps that genuinely want this fight, that genuinely will do everything they can. It is the only fight.

"We'd be clowns, idiots if we didn't make this fight."

Yet the possibility of that heavyweight clash occurring next appears highly unlikely as Wilder can exercise his right to a rematch and a third fight with Fury, the first ending in a draw in 2018. 

Fury's promoter Frank Warren has already indicated he is expecting Wilder to want a trilogy fight with his boxer and Hearn admitted he would do likewise if he was part of the American's team.

"I don't want him to take the rematch but if you're asking me honestly, you have to take the rematch," added Hearn.

"If you don't take the rematch now, do you ever get your shot? Right now my money is on Wilder to rematch Tyson Fury.

"It's the timing, we don't mind waiting for the Fury fight until November, December but it must happen this year."

Hearn also revealed there are already firmed-up contingency plans in place for Joshua's next fight should Fury and Wilder meet in the ring again.

In that instance, IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev will fight Joshua at Premier League side Tottenham's stadium on June 20.

"We have an agreement in principle with Team Pulev," Hearn said.

"We're very close to a deal now with Spurs. That is our stadium of choice."

Floyd Mayweather described Deontay Wilder as "still a winner in my eyes" despite the American losing his WBC world heavyweight title to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Wilder suffered the first loss of his 44-fight professional career at the MGM Grand when his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round as Fury captured the strap he had held since 2015.

The 34-year-old knocked Fury down twice in their original fight, which ended in a draw, but he was dominated by the Briton in the rematch.

Mayweather, a former world champion at five weight classes, never tasted defeat in 50 fights yet he showed his support to Wilder in a social media post.

"Win, Lose or Draw.... Deontay @BronzeBomber is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all," Mayweather wrote on Instagram.

"No matter what, you're still a winner in my eyes, King!"

Wilder could yet face Fury in a third match if he decides to invoke a rematch clause written into the original contract.

Tyson Fury's sensational return to heavyweight champion glory is "the best story in boxing history", according to his former trainer Ben Davison.

The 'Gypsy King' became a two-time heavyweight champion of the world with a devastating seventh-round TKO of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to prise away the American's WBC belt.

It marks the culmination of a sensational climb back to the top for Fury, who has spoken openly about his battles with depression and cocaine use after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts in November 2015.

"It's the best story in boxing history," Davison told The Athletic. "I'm over the moon. 

"It couldn't happen to a better man. I wanted to see him do it. Not being able to be there and not working, I get very anxious. Tyson made it a lot easier on me by fighting the way he did."

Fury's decision to cease work with Davison, who had helped the Briton shed weight and return to elite boxing following the tumultuous times that followed his first title triumph, just two months prior to the fight caught many off guard.

One of the most surprising aspects of the bout with Wilder – which took place 14 months on from a contentious Los Angeles draw in their first fight – was the aggressive approach taken by Fury, who delivered on his promise of a knockout having floored his opponent in the third and fifth rounds.

Speaking afterwards, Fury praised the work done by Davison but felt he had proven a point with a different game plan executed under the tutelage of Javan 'SugarHill' Steward and Andy Lee.

Davison himself felt Fury showed elements of all the trainers he has worked with throughout his career and that the unbeaten champion proved himself as one of the all-time greats.

"From working with him, I obviously know Tyson's a versatile fighter," Davison added. 

"But for him to be able to be that versatile really did surprise me. I didn't think it would end by stoppage, or be as emphatic as that. It shocked me in complete honesty, and I'm sure Tyson shocked himself.

"A lot of people played their part in helping him get back to where he's got to. I've always said the credit always has to go to the fighter. Now, he will always be named as one of the all-time heavyweights.

"What I saw was that he's worked with his uncle Hughie, then his uncle Peter, then with myself, and now 'SugarHill' and Andy. 

"He's taken a little bit from everybody, with Andy and 'Sugar' putting together the final pieces of the puzzle for this fight. They've done a fantastic job.

"That was the difference: That Tyson's collected that information, and had those experiences - seeing lots of different people and using all of what he's gained from everybody to put it into play tonight."

Tyson Fury delivered on a promise of fireworks in his defeat of Deontay Wilder as he completed one of the greatest turnarounds in the long and illustrious history of boxing.

For the second time in his unbeaten career, Fury is the heavyweight champion of the world after earning a seventh-round stoppage over his long-time rival to win the WBC strap.

It marks an incredible turnaround for Fury, who floored his opponent in the third and fifth rounds, given the turbulent times he endured following his first ascent to the top in November 2015.

We chronicle Fury's journey between his first heavyweight title triumph and a glorious return to the summit in Las Vegas on Saturday.


November 2015 – Fury shocks Klitschko and the world

Fury was typically brash in the build-up to his heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko over four years ago, but few were predicting the upset that was to come. The Briton brilliantly outpointed Klitschko – who along with brother Vitali had dominated the heavyweight scene for over a decade – in Dusseldorf to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. It was Klitschko's first defeat in 11 years.

January 2016 – Wilder-Fury face-off in Brooklyn

Fury, who had already been stripped of his IBF belt after agreeing to face Klitschko in a rematch instead of face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov, was in attendance as WBC champ Wilder knocked out Artur Szpilka in Brooklyn. After the fight, Fury entered the ring and the two faced off in a heated exchange. Wilder would later say he wants to "really hurt" Fury.

October 2016 – Fury vacates belts after troubled year

It was a difficult 2016 for Fury, who faced accusations of homophobia and anti-Semitism following controversial remarks made earlier in the year. Fury twice pulled out of scheduled rematches with Klitschko – in June and September – and announced his retirement in October on Twitter before reversing that decision three hours later. UK Anti-Doping announced in August that Fury had been serving a provisional ban over the "presence of a prohibited substance" – he denied ever knowingly committing an anti-doping violation and would later receive a backdated two-year ban in December 2017. An emotional Fury then opened up on his battle against depression and use of cocaine, before voluntarily vacating his WBO and WBA straps.

October 2017 – I'm coming back for you!

Public appearances were limited for Fury in 2017, who had ballooned to 25 stone during his time out of the ring. But there were still plenty of vows to return and dethrone both Wilder and domestic rival Anthony Joshua. In October of that year, Fury released an Instagram post responding in typically charismatic fashion to Wilder's claim that he was "done". In a video that has resurfaced following his stunning Vegas victory, a smiling Fury said: "Big respect for giving me the motivation, for saying I can't do it and I'm finished, I'm coming back for you [Wilder], I'm going to fulfil that promise I made to you a few years ago. You know what I'm talking about. And I'm coming back for the big stiff man [Joshua], the man who struggled with a midget…"

June 2018 – The 'Gypsy King' returns

After almost three years out of the ring, Fury finally stepped back in the squared circle to score a facile victory over Sefer Seferi in Manchester. Two months later, after he had defeated Francesco Pianeta on points in Belfast, a date with Wilder was confirmed…

December 2018 – Controversy reigns in Los Angeles

Those who said Fury was past his best and had opted to fight Wilder too soon were made to eat their words as the long-time rivals finally squared off in a blockbuster Los Angeles bout. Wilder twice sent his opponent to the canvas – the second knockdown followed by a remarkable 12th-round recovery from Fury. Although he was spectacularly floored, most pundits agreed Fury controlled proceedings with a tricky and tactically astute showing and the announcement of a split-decision draw was contentious to say the least.

October 2019 – Fury a 'Crown Jewel' for WWE

Fury defeated Tom Schwarz in June 2019 and earned a unanimous decision victory over Otto Wallin despite sustaining a nasty cut to his right eye in the fight. In June, Fury announced a rematch with Wilder would take place in February 2020. That prospect was parked for the time being, though, as Fury swapped the boxing ring for the crazy world of WWE. After a couple of appearances on the company's flagship show Raw, Fury fought the "monster among men" Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel pay per view in Saudi Arabia, where he won via count out.

February 2020 – Fury reigns again with Vegas masterclass

The decision to split with long-term trainer Ben Davison just two months prior to his long-awaited rematch with Wilder raised eyebrows and many concerns were expressed about the cut he sustained against Wallin. Talk of a second-round knockout also seemed like bluster, but Fury emphatically delivered on his promise to win in style. Fury was the aggressor from the off and put Wilder on the canvas in the third and fifth rounds, before the American's corner threw in the towel in the seventh to complete one of the greatest comebacks boxing, and indeed sport, has ever seen.

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