Despite ending in a draw, Tyson Fury’s prominent resurrection in the Deontay Wilder fight has earned him a nomination for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award and a deep desire from the fans to take home the honour.
Fury was deemed favourite against Wilder as the two recently entered the ring with world heavyweight belts on the line. After ending in a controversial draw, fans are calling for the ‘The Gypsy King’ to be hailed as the Sports Personality of the Year in place of the belt.
Tyson Fury just goes out there to have some fun… 😛😛😛 pic.twitter.com/hjl466mRJo
— BT Sport (@btsport) December 10, 2018
It has been a tough year for the 30-year-old before he finally went up the ring again, battling his own demons. He went through dark days of depression just after climbing up the heavyweight rankings but was able to recover and fight much easier opponents in boxing.
His remarkable comeback to fight the ‘Bronze Bomber’ was mirrored in the 12th round, showing an impressive heart and resilience in fighting. Despite getting knocked down twice, he sat up like ‘The Undertaker’ and fought on until the end.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 3, 2018
Aside from apparently donating his entire purse to the homeless, Fury touched the hearts of the people after he dedicated the triumph to everyone suffering from mental health problems.
“It’s an iconic comeback, isn’t it? After two-and-a-half years out the ring, ten stone ballooned mental health problems. I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering from 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. Seek help, and let’s do it together as a team. I did it for you guys.”
Currently, his name holds the fourth favourite to win the BBC award behind Lewis Hamilton, Geraint Thomas and Harry Kane. Here are some fans thinking Fury’s achievements inside and outside the ring should earn him the honour.
– Mental Health Ambassador
– Giving away purse to homeless
– Stunned the world vs Wilder
– Huge personality.
If this man doesn’t get sports personality of the year. The award should be cancelled for future years.
— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) December 10, 2018
If Tyson Fury doesn’t win BBC Sports personality of the year I will riot.
— BOBBY DAZZLER FIRMINO!!! (@faisalkhanlfc1) December 4, 2018
Just registered to vote for @Tyson_Fury to get bbc sports moment of the year, let’s get behind him and get him the recognition he deserves 😀😀😀@RealCFrampton @Stevenward_ @JamieMoore777 @theRealEnzoMac
— Ross jess (@Rossjess2) December 11, 2018
@Tyson_Fury BBC Sports Personality of the Year no question, inspired so many young kids and people with mental health issues to never give up. @BenDavison_ deserves an award too, best trainer out there! Does not go unnoticed champ.
— Sam Glover (@SamGlover98) December 12, 2018
BBC Sport Personality of the Year ‘Moment of the Year’ clearly must go to @Tyson_Fury for climbing off the canvas in Rd 12 from one of the biggest shots we’ve ever seen against Deontay Wilder.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) December 8, 2018
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Tyson Fury