There are calls for Manchester to honour Tyson Fury with a civic reception and home-coming parade after his sensational WBC world heavyweight victory over Deontay Wilder early Sunday morning, according to BBC North West.
Manchester-based boxing coach Joe Gallagher, who coached Anthony Crolla through his world champion career, says the city must honour Fury’s achievement.
But council bosses say they will have to take into consideration controversial comments that Mr Fury has made in the past.
“Manchester’s a sports crazy city and we love celebrating all our sporting heroes and [their] achievements,” Manchester councillor and Secretary Manchester Labour Group, Pat Karney, told Hits Radio.
“There’s no doubt that Tyson Fury had a global audience last night [fight night] and achieved an amazing moment in boxing history. But we want young people to look up too our sporting heroes, so I just want to double check that those statement that he made [Tyson Fury] a few years ago – when he said he was very very ill – and I think we have to bear that in mind.”
Personally up for that.Will talk to my colleagues.Have had my family on suggesting it. https://t.co/kBGWLN3VSj
— Pat Karney (@patkarney) February 23, 2020
He continued: “We stand up for women and gay people in our city but I think Manchester does want to have a celebration of his achievements. Born here in Manchester, it puts Manchester on the world stage and boxing is a big big activity for Mancunians. So let’s see. I’m going to make a final decision tomorrow morning.”