Tyson Fury became the new world heavyweight champion after defeating reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. He celebrated his win by belting out an Aerosmith classic in front of the 50,000 strong crowd and dedicated it to his pregnant wife, Paris.
Just minutes after his win, Fury grabbed the microphone and began singing the classic Aerosmith song ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’, dedicating the song to his wife – who had revealed just days earlier she was expecting their third child – and the fans that have supported him over the years.
Paris, 25, looked emotional and teary eyed as her husband serenaded her to the well-known song.
Also in the crowd at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena was Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere, who was there to support her fiancé Klitschko just two months after admitting herself into a facility to treat postpartum depression.
After serenading his wife, Fury revealed that his wife told him about her pregnancy just days before the fight. The couple have a daughter, Venezuela and a son, Prince.
Fury said that he performed the song for Paris and for his fans in Ireland, the UK, the United States and Germany who have supported him throughout his career.
Bursting into a song after a win is Fury’s trademark style.
He performed ‘The wind beneath my wings’ at the pre-fight press conference.
The Mancunian treated his audience to a few verses from the Ricky Van Shelton song ‘Keep it between the lines’ after beating Steve Cunningham in 2013 and Elvis Presley’s Walking in Memphis after his fight against Christian Hammer.
Named after Mike Tyson, Fury now has WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts under him and could now look to the prospect of a unification bout with the WBC title holder, Deontay Wilder.
Winning with scores of 115-112 twice and 116-111, after his win Fury said: “You’re a great champion Wlad, thanks very much for having me.”
“It was all fun and games in the build-up; I just wanted to be confident, young and brash.”
Starting as the underdog, the Mancunian ended the Ukrainian born Klitschko’s nine year reign with slick points.
“I always said what I’d do and I’ve delivered tonight. I didn’t have this confidence for nothing,” Fury said after his victory.
“I knew I could come here and upset the apple cart. I knew all along I could win the fight. Wladimir knew, his full team knew tonight.”
“I saw in his eyes tonight he was going to lose the fight and he saw the new, hungry champion in me. I never took my eyes off him during the stare-off. I wasn’t fazed by the crowd or nothing because I knew I was going to be the new heavyweight champion of the world.”
“God gave me the ability to do like I’ve done and I want him to thank him for that. With God, anything is possible.”
“Thanks very much and happy Christmas.”