Boxer Tyson Fury’s a hit with fans in South Shields

Tyson Fury centre with Hedworth Hall manager Carl Mowatt (left) and owner Tony Singh

Tyson Fury centre with Hedworth Hall manager Carl Mowatt (left) and owner Tony Singh

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Controversial boxer Tyson Fury didn’t fail to excite fans as he hosted a sportsman’s dinner in South Shields.

The 27-year-old, ranked the fifth best boxer in the world, was at the Hedworth Hall, tonight.

Known as the ‘Gypsy King’ the heavyweight fighter whom controversy seems to follow was at ease as he took questions from fans over his career and the forthcoming Wladimir Klitschko re-match.

The boxer had clinched the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight titles in a showdown with the boxer, last November.

However, he was stripped of the IBF title 10 days later.

The decision was made after Fury failed to agree to fight the IBF’s mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov, instead signing a rematch clause to fight Klitschko.

It is thought the re-match will take place on October 29 in Manchester after a July date was scrapped.

Fury told the Gazette: “I didn’t feel anything when the IBF took the belt, as I’ve got 14 others to replace them.

“They robbed one off me because they couldn’t beat me, so they steal it.

“At least Dick Turpin wore a mask.

“But everyone knows who the champion is.

“I’m looking forward to the fight. It feels good to be honest. I gave him a beating the last time, and I’ll give him a better beating the next time, it’s money for old rope.

“We’re working towards the October date and I’m already in training.”

Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz has also come out to say he wants to take on Fury while talk of a future bout with current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, 26, has also recently hit the headlines.

Boxing pundits believing the fighter will one day prove a formidable opponent for Fury.

Fury added: “I’ll fight anyone, There’s nobody really on my radar, Klitschko - I’d give him another beating, there’s plenty of fighters out there.”

Fury ended the night breaking into song with his own rendition of Walking in Memphis.