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Tyson fury fans hoping he returns to Belfast to show off world title belts

Tyson Fury in Belfast during his visit to Northern Ireland in 2011
Tyson Fury in Belfast during his visit to Northern Ireland in 2011
Tyson with Bobby Elliott after he officially opened Antrim Boxing Club

By Nevin Farrell

Boxing fans in Belfast are hoping new World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will soon be back in the city which helped him early in his career - to show off his world title belts.

The 27-year-old Mancunian is from an Irish Traveller background and after his success against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on Saturday he dedicated his win to his fans in both Britain and Ireland. Fury once trained with the Holy Family Club in north Belfast and the club's head coach Gerry Storey is looking forward to the global boxing phenomenon dropping in again.

Storey said: "We are going back eight or nine years ago. His father and his late uncle Hugh used to train him in England and he would have been over in England for a few months and then he would have been back over in Ireland working, and when he came here his uncle Hugh would have brought him and his cousin and I would have been coaching him and he started travelling with the club.

"I always knew he was a great prospect. You could never write Tyson off. He had a lot of confidence in himself but was a great listener. He is an Irish international, he boxed for Ireland.

"Any time he is over he always calls up and I am sure this time when he gets his belts he will be back to show them to the kids," Storey told the BBC.

Fury took to singing in the ring after his win on Saturday and Storey joked he can sing any time he likes at Holy Family.

Michael Hawkins from the Holy Trinity Club in west Belfast said Fury would get a big welcome in the city.

Holy Trinity was once involved in controversy with Fury when they objected to him taking part in the Irish championships on the grounds that he wasn't born in Ireland but Hawkins is glad that Fury has taken on the world's best and won.

Said Hawkins: "I thought it was an absolutely brilliant performance from him.

"To be where he is now is unbelievable.

"His own belief is just tremendous. To beat Klitschko and beat him so convincingly was something else. He is on top of the world, it is fairy tale stuff."

Fury is well-known to Belfast boxing fans, having rumbled with Martin Rogan in the Odyssey and having fought at the King's Hall.

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