After winning the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight championship on Saturday against Deontay Wilder, the powerful six-foot-nine-inch Tyson Fury thanked Jesus Christ “first and foremost,” and urged all to “to praise” Christ, “the one and only true God.”
Fury also commended his opponent, Wilder, calling him “a warrior” and someone who “will be a champion again.” Then the colorful Fury led the massive crowd in Las Vegas in singing the classic song “American Pie” by Don McLean. (Fury is British.)
After the fight — Wilder threw in the towel in the 7th round after hitting the mat twice — Fury was asked about his comeback and how it felt to win the heavyweight championship.
Fury said, “First and foremost, I want to say thank you to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.“
He continued, “I said those who bring evil against me will not prosper. I said those who stand in the dark can never come into the light.”
“All praise be to the one and only true God, Jesus Christ,” said Fury.
The new heavyweight champion of the world then complimented Wilder and thanked his many supporters. He then led the crowd in an a capella version of “American Pie.”
The chorus to the popular song is,
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die