While most of us were still making our way out of a Thanksgiving food coma this past Saturday, boxer Tyson Fury was making history by defeating longtime championWladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany, to take the Ring, WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles by unanimous decision. The win itself was shocking enough; Klitschko had been champ for nine years and hadn’t lost a fight in 11, but what Fury did afterward is what had everyone talking.
Following the obligatory kudos to Jesus, an emotional dedication to his late Uncle Hughie, and offering apologies to both Kiltschko and boxer-turned-boxing-commentator Lennox Lewis for his verbal grandstanding in the months leading up to the fight, Fury took the mic and delivered on a pre-match proclamation that he would sing a song if he won, which has become something of a post-fight tradition for the undefeated (25-0 with 18 KOs) Brit. And what song did he choose? The Diane Warren-penned ballad which Aerosmith recorded for the sappy 1998 film Armageddon, of course.
“I promised everybody I’d sing a song after this fight,” Fury began. “So this is to my UK fans, my Irish fans, my American fans and my new German fans; and most of all, this is a dedication to me wife.”