BOXING superstar Tyson Fury is expected to get his mighty hands on more than £100million over the next 12 months after his historic win against Deontay Wilder.
After dethroning the fearsome world heavyweight champion, the 6ft 9in Gypsy King is now on course to become the one of Britain’s richest ever sportsmen.
Ferocious Fury, who even licked blood from Wilder’s neck during the brutal seven-round demolition, was immediately congratulated by his proud wife Paris.
And referring to her 19st 7lb husband’s imposing weight advantage over his 16-and-a-half-stone US rival, she said: “That’s what 40lbs of a real man can do.”
Both fighters made £30million, including profits from up to three million pay-per-view sales on both sides of the Atlantic and £13million in gate receipts at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena.
And the next opponent for new WBC title-holder Fury could be fellow Brit Anthony Joshua — who holds the other three belts — in what may be boxing’s biggest payday.
Joshua, 30, faces a mandatory clash with Kubrat Pulev next — but the Bulgarian is, like Fury, 31, promoted by US veteran Bob Arum so it could be sidestepped.
That would pave the way for an all-British “Fight of the Century” in the summer to become the undisputed world No1.
AN UNDISPUTED CHAMPION
There would be a potential £77millon total pot for both.
An undisputed champion would also be in line for endless sponsorship deals worth tens of millions.
Immediately after taming huge puncher Wilder, Fury serenaded Paris in the ring as he grabbed a mic and treated the crowd to a rendition of Don McLean’s American Pie.
The mum of five, 30, later said: “My nerves were bad but he’s done it. He’s done what he can do, what a proper man can do.”
Hundreds then joined Fury for a wild night of partying, queuing for more than three hours to get into one of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas — Hakkasan, inside the MGM. Club staff had prepared for the arrival of Fury and his legion of British fans by setting up a sign which read: “The King has returned.”
At almost 2am, the Brit hero made his entrance.
Stepping on stage draped in a Union Jack, he whipped up revellers by taunting Wilder, dubbed the Bronze Bomber.
He led the crowd in singing Three Bronze Bombers — a skit on the controversial footie chant Ten German Bombers, sung to the tune of She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain.
Fury gleefully belted out: “The Gypsy King from England shot them down.”
Dressed in a white-patterned suit, no shirt, with a green tie around his neck, left, he partied hard with his entourage.
One Hakkasan club promoter told The Sun: “The Brits are drinking the bar dry!”
Fury’s brother, Love Island star Tommy, was by his side as the fighter and his entourage lived it up with One Direction’s Liam Payne and TV star Mark Wright.
'THE KING HAS RETURNED'
Singer Payne, 26, had the mic before US DJ Steve Aoki took to the decks at the venue – a favourite of Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
Payne, who headlined Omnia nightclub at Vegas’s Caesars Palace on Friday, had watched the fight along with other Brit stars including TV chef Gordon Ramsay and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen. Superstar ex-heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, who Fury was named after, had also been ringside.
Steven Jerry, 32, from London — a cousin of the Gypsy King — was at the after-party and told The Sun: “Oh man, we rocked that place! Tyson was singing. He sang after the fight, he sang there too. The fans went crazy, they loved it.”
Other UK fight fans packed out bars along the Strip. Ken Solky, 56, founder of LasVegasTickets.com told The Sun up to 20,000 Brits had made the journey over.
He said: “The venue only held just over 15,000 — but there were thousands more British fans in the casinos and bars. They have been having a three-day party, never mind just Saturday night.
“They have been really loud, singing songs and filling the bars, which order extra supplies of Guinness when the Brits come to town.”
But those celebrating were warned not to go too far in Sin City – with cops cracking down on the strip’s notorious hookers.
Prostitution remains illegal there, with regulated brothels available 70 miles outside Vegas.
Officers warned the legion of UK travelling fans on the lash that they faced jail if they picked up one of the estimated 35,000 ladies of the night in the city.
Demons beaten as well as his opponent
By Richard Assheton
TYSON Fury’s world heavyweight victory saw him defeat more than his opponent — and emerge as the Comeback King.
It also helped put to bed a series of personal demons that had taken him to the depths of despair.
They started with the scrutiny that came with winning all four world heavyweight boxing titles in 2015.
Days after reaching the top of the world, Fury was attacked for his previous comments on women, abortion and homosexuality.
He later apologised for the comments but it was the trigger for what became a terrifying slide into darkness.
He was charged by the anti-doping agency with taking the outlawed substance nandrolone and given a two-year ban. Later, he also tested positive for cocaine.
With no boxing to distract him, his life spiralled out of control. He spent weeks lost in cocaine binges and admitted drinking 20 pints, four or five times a week.
His weight ballooned to more than 28st, left, but the greater danger lay in what he was doing to his head.
He said: “I just wanted to die and I wanted to have fun doing it.” At his lowest ebb, he thought of crashing his Ferrari into a bridge.
Months later, Fury gathered the strength to get his life back on track. He changed his diet and went on a brutal exercise regime.
He said: “I took me until I was 29 to realise that I’d had my fill of high living.”
In December 2018 he returned to the ring to tie with Wilder, also left.
On Saturday night, his redemption was complete.
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