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The Stars Come Out For Tyson Fury



London (27th July) TYSON Fury’s career is taking off inside and outside the ring in a big way on the back of his sensational British and Commonwealth heavyweight title success last weekend.

Fury has not only become a hit with boxing fans but also with those in show business, promoter Mick Hennessy has revealed.

Mick Hennessy commented: “We couldn’t believe the number of celebrities who wanted to be at ringside to support Tyson on Saturday night and since his win over Chisora my phone hasn’t stopped ringing with celebrities wanting to know when he’s fighting next.”

Clearly, 6ft 9′ 22-year-old Fury has caught the imagination of the public as well with over 3m viewers watching his victory over Dereck Chisora live on Channel 5 – a greater audience than many sports enjoy across all television platforms.

“Tyson’s charisma and fighting qualities have grabbed people, they seem to love the way he goes about his business and it shows you that he is not only a star of boxing but is ready to shoot into superstar status over the next 12 months.

“Tyson is on a journey to become the heavyweight champion of the world and just like the way Sir Henry Cooper, Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Jack Dempsey captured an audience outside of boxing fans, Tyson is already starting to do the same. They do say boxing is show business with blood!”

Among those at ringside supporting Tyson were publicist Max Clifford, who once worked with Ali, actors David Essex, Shane Richie, Jake Wood, Ricky Norwood, Tony Discipline, Ralph Ineson, actress Jill Wright, presenters Stacey Soloman, Dom Littlewood and Salma Shah, musicians DJ Spoony, DJ Ironik and Shane Ward, motorcycling world champion Troy Corser, former Big Brother contestants Josie Gibson and Imogen Thomas and magician Dynamo.

Mick Hennessy is currently planning Fury’s first defence on Channel 5, who were thrilled with the viewing figures for the Chisora fight in which the 22-year-old came of age as a fighter.

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