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British champion: faith matters more than boxing

Tyson Fury, new British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, says he would rather be knocked out than go to hell

By on Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tyson Fury celebrates a victory in 2008 with his promoter, Mick Hennessy (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Tyson Fury celebrates a victory in 2008 with his promoter, Mick Hennessy (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Tyson Fury, the new British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has said that his Catholic faith is more important to him than boxing.

Speaking before he won the title last Saturday the 23-year-old Mancunian said he was praying for his opponent Dereck Chisora.

He said: “There’s going to be fierce talk before the fight but I don’t wish Chisora dead or anything like that. This is sport. I will hold no grudges after the fight. I pray that he comes to the fight first of all, that it’s a good fight, and I win. I also pray that he is okay after it.

“I try to do everything by the Bible,” he said. “I’ve read testaments in church and I pray a lot. It’s the most important thing to me, more important than boxing.

“I would rather be knocked out 10 times by DC than not go to heaven. I’m God-fearing,” he said.

Tyson Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. His Irish father and English mother named their newborn son after the heavyweight world boxing champion Mike Tyson. His father’s Traveller family have a long-standing attachment to boxing and bare-knuckle boxing.

  • Fr Gerard Barry

    Having been a Chaplain for Travellers for 17 years now, can I say how proud I was of Tyson and the way he presented himself in the run-up to the fight and his reaction since. As a Prison Chaplain, the Travellers in my prison were really chuffed to see a great role model whom everybody in the prison spoke about so positively.

  • FireofThyLove.com

    What a wonderful story!  So good to see those in the public eye unafraid to express their faith?

  • Anonymous

    Are good people feared?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TLEOAKMJBTOACXJNBLSV6LFTCI tommo

    Wonderful story.  May God protect him and his family.  

  • Smiff_dogg

    07856 342959 hows it going ged, hope ur okay