Fury downs Strow­man and hints at WWE re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Formula One - By Cal­lum Dent

Tyson Fury has re­fused to rule out a re­turn to WWE af­ter beat­ing Braun Strow­man on his de­but at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Ara­bia.

The boxer marked his pro­fes­sional wrestling bow with vic­tory last night, back­ing up his trash talk by floor­ing Amer­i­can for­mer strong­man Strow­man with a right hand and win­ning by count-out.

The un­de­feated Fury is set for a re­match with Deon­tay Wilder on Feb 22 fol­low­ing their con­tro­ver­sial draw last year, but he has seem­ingly not closed the door on his wrestling ca­reer. “I’ve got a big fella called Deon­tay Wilder to see to, and then we see where we go from there,” he told Wwe.com.

Fury was ex­pected to be in­ac­tive over the next few months to al­low deep cuts sus­tained dur­ing Septem­ber’s points win over Otto Wallin to heal be­fore the Wilder fight.

But the 31-year-old, the lin­eal heavy­weight cham­pion of the world, was tempted back into the ring in a bid to set­tle his new-found feud with Strow­man. He did so with a strong right, and Strow­man could not make it back into the ring in time be­fore the ref­eree’s 10-count ended.

Fury cel­e­brated by rais­ing his hands in the air, and what fol­lowed next could pave the way for a re­match. Strow­man bodys­lammed him to the can­vas and stormed off back­stage.

“It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Fury. “I was re­ally happy to be here in Saudi Ara­bia on a mas­sive show. “Braun is the ‘Mon­ster Among Men’. When I hit him with that piledriv­ing right hand, I can­not be­lieve he got back up and slammed me to the floor. It was a bit of a cheap shot.”

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