Tyson Fury’s triumphant return was delayed after he took a taxi from London back to his family home in Morecambe following an epic weekend of boxing in Las Vegas
Tyson Fury hailed a taxi for the 244-mile journey home from London after opting against taking a connecting flight.
The heavyweight world champion flew from Las Vegas to Heathrow via Atlanta on Monday.
He was due to catch a plane on to Manchester but instead called a cab.
One taxi company offers the four-hour journey for £261.
Fury was returning home to Morecambe where he was to be reunited with his extended family including his dad and six kids.
Fury’s younger brother Tommy had earlier had a travel nightmare of his own when he had to take a taxi from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because there were no obtainable flights.
He then flew to Heathrow on the same flight as former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker.
The New Zealander has flown to the UK to link up with trainer Andy Lee to prepare for his rematch with Derek Chisora in December.
Fury’s celebrations ran long into the night at the Hakkasan nightclub, which is located next to the MGM Grand.
Fury entered the club to his ring walk song – AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.
The event was hosted by globally recognised DJ Steve Aoki with Fury and his complete team special guests in the resident DJ’s booth.
Paris, Fury’s wife, posted videos on social media of her triumphant husband partying, downing an £800m bottle of vodka before he led the crowd in singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ whilst topless.
Fury ended Wilder’s hopes for the final time at around 9.35pm local time and three hours later was in a nightclub, where he stayed until around 3am.
The party continued into Sunday with Aoki nevertheless part of the group as they attended Wet Republic for a pool party.
Fury has now returned home and will enjoy his victory alongside his family, which welcomed a new member in August, Athena, his sixth child with Paris.
Fury is poised to take on WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte next, provided he sees off Otto Wallin next month.
However John Fury, Tyson’s father, has claimed the next assignment should be “Oleksandr Usyk next, or nothing”.
Whyte, who has had to wait patiently for a title shot, has told boxing’s authorities that the Gypsy King must be given “no choice” but to fight him.
That is doubtful to be a problem with Fury’s confidence sky high after he declared himself the greatest heavyweight of his generation.
He said after the fight: “I can only beat whoever’s in my era and I’ve done that all my life.
“I can only be the best of my day and I’ve done that. I’m the greatest heavyweight of my era, without a doubt.
“There’s a long, long line of [great champions] and they go right back to John L Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, the Klitschko brothers, already the guys from today like Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk and everybody else.
“They’re all good champions, but without sounding too sharp and clever, I’d place myself right on top of the pile. I believe that I could beat anyone in history. Any man born, I believe I’ve got a really good chance of beating him.”
Fury first knocked his opponent down in the third round, before hitting the canvas himself in the fourth.
After that though he went on to rule the contest and claimed Wilder’s efforts never had him worried.
Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas)
He said: “You go swimming and you’re going to get wet. You mess with fire long enough, you’ll get burnt. I’ve had three fights with the biggest puncher in the history of my sport, in my division.
“And he caught me. He caught me twice in the fourth round. But I was never thinking, ‘Oh, this is over.’ I was thinking, ‘OK, good shot, but I will get you back in a minute.’ And I did.
“I was very conscious. I saw the ref go ‘three, four’. I was always there. He shook me. He put me down. But that’s boxing and it’s life, in addition.
“It’s not about how many times you get put down or how many times you lose. It’s about how you can come back and get up and keep moving forward.”
Having had his last five fights in America attention has now turned to where next for Fury.
There is nevertheless a huge clamour for him to fight Joshua, although that may not take place in the UK like many hope.
Usyk, having beaten Joshua, is now also a major player in the heavyweight picture and, should he retained his belts in a rematch with the Brit, may also fancy a shot at Fury.
Promoter Frank Warren remained tight lipped on any possible destination for the Gypsy King’s next bout.
Fury himself has spoken about one day fighting at Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Warren spoke positively about a bout on home soil.
He said: “I would love a homecoming more than anything, for the British fans and everything. Fury is the best heavyweight of his generation and he is up there with all of them.
“Look at his size and chin and his heart to keep getting up off the floor, he gets up. That was the best heavyweight fight I’ve seen.
“He would be a stand-out performer in any era, for anybody. Tyson sells out any stadium in Britain, easy, big time. The fans will come out for him.
“Everything is possible and we will just sit down and look at how we do everything.
“I was really proud just be involved and with him tonight because he just proved himself to be a true fighting man and he deserves that hero’s homecoming now.
“They haven’t said anything for sure however and it will depend when they want it to happen and we need to see what happens with Whyte and Wallin first because that is not an easy fight.”
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