Tyson Fury is one of the most intelligent fighters in the world right now – and he clearly doesn’t miss a trick out of the ring either.
The Gypsy King sent shockwaves rippling through boxing on Saturday night, battering fearsome WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder from pillar to post in a destructive stoppage victory at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Wilder, regarded by many as the hardest punching heavyweight of all time, was knocked down twice in the fight before his trainer Mark Breland threw the towel in the seventh round.
Fury was brilliant in Sin City, producing the most impressive performance of his career to become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.
Amid the euphoria of tasting world glory once again, though, the Brit clearly still had his wits about him in the post-fight press conference.
Cousin Andy Lee, the former world middleweight champion in Fury’s corner on the night, hands him a bottle of water he appears to have taken from the press.
After Lee gives him the water, Fury asks where it has come from.
And when the Irishman points to the person responsible, Fury shakes his head and gives it back.
The newly-crowned champion is likely to have turned the drink down out of fear of being spiked with drugs, having previously refused water in his dressing room before beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury demonstrated punch power not many knew he obtained on Saturday night, first dropping Wilder with a superb combination in the third round before decking him with a body shot in the fifth.
Nevertheless, the 31-year-old insists he can still improve his game even further after only recently teaming up with new coach SugarHill Steward.
“I’m my own worst critic,” he said. “I know I can do better. I’ve only just started with this style.
“It takes years to perfect, but I’m a quick learner, don’t forget. He said I can’t punch. He said I have two pillow fists, so not bad for an old fat guy, who can’t punch!”
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The majority of fight fans now want to see Fury lock horns with fellow Brit and unified chief Anthony Joshua, none more so than the latter’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
He tweeted after Fury’s win: “No need for a third let’s go straight to it in the Summer! #undisputed”.
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