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Christian boxer Tyson Fury invited to meet Pope at Vatican after world championship victory

by Marcus Jones

Tyson Fury, the Christian boxer who once again became world heavyweight champion over the weekend, has reportedly received an invite to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The British fighter, known as the 'Gypsy King, beat American Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to become WBC champion.

It capped a remarkable comeback for Fury who, after first becoming a world champion in 2015, was forced to give up his belts following a battle with drink and drugs which led him to consider suicide.

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Speaking in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's victory, Fury gave thanks to God for the win.

"First and foremost I want to say thank you to my Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. 

"Those who bring evil against me will not prosper; those who stand in the dark can never come into the light. 

"All praise be to the one and only true God, Jesus Christ."

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The boxer has often spoke about his Christian faith, with some of his traditional biblical beliefs landing him in trouble on issues like homosexuality and abortion.

Back in 2015, when facing media criticism, he said: "If you want to know any more about any of my opinions, consult the Pope of Rome, because he has the same opinions."

In an interview with Premier Fury said he didn't prescribe to one particular denomination, stating he was comfortable in Catholic and Pentecostal churches.

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Speaking early in his career, he predicted God would take him to the top of the game.

While considering life as a champion, he said: "I could [reach] more people in one evening than a million churches around the world. God is using me to talk to everyone and tell them the Good News. I'm evangelising to everyone."

A visit to the Vatican is not the only invite Fury's received in the past 24 hours.

US President Donald Trump has offered to host both Fury and Wilder at the White House.

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