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Tyson Fury Did Not Want 'God Save The Queen' Played Before Saturday's Title Fight

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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'God Save The Queen' rang out in the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf on Saturday night, but that was not what Tyson Fury desired.

Instead, due to his self-identification as both British and Irish, the new heavyweight world champion wanted 'We Are The World' played in place of the British national anthem before his title bout with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury's manager and promoter Mick Hennessy, quoted by The Sun, told of how his fighter's request was not carried out.

They weren’t supposed to play a national anthem because he considers himself British and Irish.

They were supposed to play We Are The World but they played one national anthem. He’s born in England but he’s of Irish heritage.


Fury, who has called himself 'the first Irish heavyweight world champion', has established Irish roots.

His father is from Galway, his mother Antrim.


Back in 2012, he defeated Martin Rogan to win the then vacant Irish heavyweight title.

We took a deeper look at this Irish connections on Sunday.

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