England football legend Wayne Rooney thinks Tyson Fury should receive a knighthood for his impressive win over Derek Chisora in their trilogy fight.
The WBC heavyweight champion defended his belt with a dominant display against Chisora, who as expected, was no match for him from the very first round on Saturday night.
Fury pummelled his opponent for ten rounds before the fight was eventually stopped by referee Victor Loughlin, who Chisora thanked for doing so as he knew he would refuse to quit of his own accord.
When the pair first fought back in 2011, they were fierce rivals.
However, 11 years and three fights later, they are friends and The Gypsy King showed concern for his pal post-fight and the two men even shared food backstage.
Rooney was one of the 60,000-odd fans packed into Tottenham Hotspur’s freezing stadium and he had nothing but praise for Fury after watching his routine title defence.
The former Manchester United and Everton striker believes it’s time the 34-year-old heavyweight champion was knighted for his services to boxing.
“I think he’s the best we’ve seen in a long time, and I don’t think anyone will beat him,” Rooney told talkSPORT post-fight.
“I think he’s an absolute legend for what he’s done for boxing. He’s entertaining, his skills are incredible, his mentality is incredible.
“If I’m being honest, I probably think he should be knighted because he hasn’t been afraid to go abroad, he’s won titles abroad, defended them abroad and he epitomises everything that boxing is.”
Despite flirting with retirement earlier this year, Fury appears to be committed to fighting on and cementing his legacy in the sport by facing the very best.
During his post-fight interview, he called out WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk for an undisputed clash in 2023 but revealed he must first address the elbow injury that troubled him throughout camp.
Fury also suggested that he is willing to fight Joe Joyce, who he recently called the second-best heavyweight in boxing following his 11th-round stoppage win over former champion, Joseph Parker.
Rooney may be the first big name to call for Fury’s knighthood but many more could follow, especially if he manages to pick up wins over Usyk and Joyce in the next 12 months.
🥊 “He’s the best we’ve seen for a long time. I don’t think anyone will beat him.”
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