Tyson Fury’s famous resurrection in the Deontay Wilder heavyweight fight last Saturday has earned him a nomination for BBC’s Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year and Sports Personality Award.
Now, his fans on social media are urging more people to vote for the ‘The Gypsy King’ for the top recognition to be given by the British broadcasting firm. And in just one night, the British boxer has become the second favourite to bag the BBC Sports Personality Award behind England’s World Cup hero Harry Kane.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 3, 2018
Ressurection of The Decade
Fury suffered two knockdowns in his classic showdown with the reigning WBC heavyweight champ last weekend at Staples Arena. The fight ended in a tie-contest, but the 30-year old Briton believed that his dominance was enough to earn him the victory.
In, what could be, the biggest highlight of the gigantic clash, ‘The Gypsy King’ stunned the boxing world when he came back from the dead (like The Undertaker), following a vicious knockdown in the twelfth round. Wilder thought the fight was already over until Fury rose from the ashes and proceeded to finish the fight.
“I showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back and it can be done. Everybody out there who has the same problems I’ve been suffering with, I did that for you guys. You know the truth. Everybody knows I won that fight and if I can come back from where I’ve come from then you can do it too. So get up, get over it and let’s do it,” Fury reflected.
Ahead of the Wilder bout, Fury has been making noise in the boxing world for his inspiring messages about mental health and addiction during interviews. He has also promised to donate his entire seven-figure fight purse to the poor. And he continued to inspire fans with his iconic Rocky-esque comeback against the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ which was a reflection of his mighty return to the ring after three years of battling depression, obesity, and drug use.
With a strong resume under his belt, The Gypsy King is tipped to give his rivals a run for the money in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In fact, he is billed as one of the top favourites to win the prestigious recognition. Overnight, his odds fell from 25/1 to 4/1 to come one step behind footballer, Harry Kane.
Boxing fans and personalities have shown their support for the British boxer, campaigning for him on social media. Check out some of the best tweets below:
If Tyson Fury doesn’t win BBC Sports personality of the year I will riot.
— BOBBY DAZZLER FIRMINO!!! (@faisalkhanlfc1) December 4, 2018
@Tyson_Fury well done sir… Ur stock has jus gone up 500% and not just in the boxing sphere but for that speech about helping those with mental health. 👏 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for me.
— FootbAllyIndex.co.uk (@footballyindex) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury lost 10 stones, came back from depression and nearly committing suicide, Mental health problem and Won last night, but got robbed, however he should win BBC Sports Personality of the year. #FuryBBCSportsPersonality #bbcsports #tysonfury #WilderFury #GypsyKing
— Cone Of Pizza (@ConeOfPizza) December 3, 2018
— Luke Scrivin (@LukeScrivin) December 3, 2018
Nobody deserves to win bbc sports personality of the year more than @Tyson_Fury. What a fucking man
— callum (@cal_reds97) December 3, 2018
It's in the name #BBCSportsPersonality and the man Tyson Fury has every bit of the personality to be named this year's winner.
— Sabbir (@sal_b2bg) December 2, 2018
Unbelievable performance from the Gypsy King after a long layoff and the problems he’s had.
Maybe I’m bias but I don’t see how he couldn’t get BBC sports personality but I would be shocked if they gave it him.
— anthony crolla (@ant_crolla) December 2, 2018
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards is scheduled on December 16 in Birmingham while voting closes on December 14.
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