Despite intense negotiations going on in the background with regards to a potential fight in December against Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury has kept an uncharacteristically low-profile on social media in the last 10 days, and it has emerged he did so in tribute to the late queen Elizabeth II.
Fury, a known critic of establishment norms, is perhaps a surprising Royalist, but the death of the previous monarch clearly impacted him deeply.
“Hey guys, queen’s funeral today,” he posted on in a video on Twitter.
“I’ve been off social media for the past 10 days, mourning in respect for our queen who has died.
“Not posted nothing, not been interested in anything else to be fair, I hope all the funeral goes well and my condolences to the full family and may she rest in heaven for eternity.”
In a report published by The Daily Express, Fury and his wife, Paris, recently visited Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the queen.
They left flowers and a card at the gates of the Palace, with the inscription reading ‘To our Queen, Great may your bed be in Heaven. Love from Tyson and Paris xx Gypsy King x’.
Once the period of national mourning is over, it will be a return to business for Fury who will likely defend his heavyweight belts in an all-British clash hosted in Cardiff.
The anticipation of a battle between Fury and Joshua, the two best British heavyweights of their generation, has died down somewhat since the latter lost back-to-back clashes with former cruiserweight, Oleksandr Usyk, however the event is still expected to sell out and be one of British boxing’s highest ever grossing cards.