Tyson Fury Named Boxer of the Year in Prestigious ESPY Awards with Vitali Klitschko Honored for War in Ukraine

TYSON FURY has been named Boxer of the Year for the second time at ESPN’s prestigious ESPY Awards.

The Gypsy King – who retained his WBC heavyweight title with a brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte in April – won the ESPY Best Boxer of 2021 at the Sports Network’s annual ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Tyson Fury has been named ESPN’s boxer of the year for the second year in a row.Credit: Getty
Fury, however, did not attend the Los Angeles awards show.

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Fury, however, did not attend the Los Angeles awards show.Credit: Getty
Vitali Klitschko won the Arthur Ashe Prize for Courage for his efforts on behalf of Ukraine

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Vitali Klitschko won the Arthur Ashe Prize for Courage for his efforts on behalf of UkraineCredit: AFP
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepted the award on behalf of KlitschkoCredit: AP

Fury, however, was not present to receive the award.

Boxing fans were quick to comment on the Briton’s latest accolade, with one saying: ‘Well deserved!!!!'”

Another said: “People are the best! Congratulations @Tyson_Fury.”

And another said: “The best in the world”.

One remarked, “Simply the best.”

Another added: “Bravo fury best HW by a country mile, and he’s British too so that’s so much better. The king is back.”

However, not all boxing fans agreed with Fury winning the award, with one saying: “It’s insane.

“No disrespect to fury but you got fighters like Jermell [Charlo] and Devin[Haneywholegitwentundisputedthisyear”[Haneywholegitwentundisputedthisyear”[Haneyquiestlégitimementrestéincontestécetteannée”[Haneywholegitwentundisputedthisyear”

Another said: “What the hell is this? Man what’s wrong with this sport.”

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Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was also honored at the awards ceremony.

Dr Ironfist – who is now mayor of Kyiv – received the Arthur Ashe Prize for Courage for his role in defending Ukraine against the ongoing Russian invasion.

Klitschko spoke via video message and said: “It is a great honor for me to receive this award.

“I am convinced that this is a recognition of the courage and inviolability of the Ukrainian people, who courageously resisted the Russian aggressor.

“This is a prize for all those who defend the independence and freedom of Ukraine.”

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Fury, 33, is currently enjoying his retirement from boxing – which he announced after his abrupt stoppage of Whyte at Wembley.

But he recently revealed he was ready to put on the gloves for a successful Battle of England with Anthony Joshua.

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