Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua was urged to pull out of his title defence against Kubrat Pulev in order to face Fury in 2020
Tyson Fury has been invited to the White House after his thrilling victory over Deontay Wilder, and the heavyweight champion, who gave thanks to his “Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the ring immediately after the fight, will also be granted an audience with the Pope at the Vatican later this year.
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua, Fury’s British rival, was urged on Monday by promoter Frank Warren to pull out of his title defence against Kubrat Pulev to face Fury in 2020.
The 31-year-old, 6ft 9in self-styled “Gypsy King” joined his fans at after-parties in Las Vegas and then returned home on Monday after ripping the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from the Alabaman in a dominant performance to add the only world title belt which had eluded the Briton.
There had been talk of a homecoming parade for Fury, but Warren told Telegraph Sport on Monday night: “US president Donald Trump has invited Tyson and Wilder to the White House. Also the World Boxing Council have got an invitation from the Pope too. It shows you what can happen in the space of two years. The journey he has been on has been an amazing thing. He’s turned his whole life round.”
Fury, who overcame mental health issues to become a two-time world champion, still undefeated, has captured hearts and minds in the past year, and the fighter is now being compared to the greats of the sporting firmament.
“I hope he gets seen as a great figure not just in sport but in society,” Warren said. “In my lifetime Muhammad Ali was my hero, but they hated him at the start. He was a jumped-up black man and people hated that. Like Tyson, he said stupid things. He still became one of the most loved sportsperson whoever lived. A champion for peace and for unity.
“I think Tyson has been shown a lot of love. He’s quite articulate and thoughtful. He’s funny, but he’s a deep thinker. We should admire him for what he is. He’s up there with Ali and all those guys. I think he stands with all of them.”
Fury will have earned in the region of £30 million for the victory over Wilder, and the heavyweight chess game of fights and negotiations will centre around whether Fury will fight Wilder in a trilogy match – the deposed champion has 28 days in which to activate a clause in the contract – or Britain will have the biggest of blockbuster fights with Anthony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, meeting for an undisputed heavyweight showdown.
Telegraph Sport understands that Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, has already indicated that they are likely to sign for a third fight, and that the Fury camp have been informed. Warren, however, urged Joshua to come forward and press for the Fury fight now.
“The good side of it is Britain now has all the heavyweight belts. I don’t know what rubbish Eddie Hearn [Joshua’s promoter] has already come out with, but let’s do the fight – 50-50, I’ve been saying it for a year. Joshua’s got to fight Kubrat Pulev, but my problem with the Pulev fight is Joshua on paper should beat him, but if he loses to Pulev then this undisputed fight is gone. Pull out of the Pulev fight.
“We’ll try and get ourselves out of this fight. That’s the fight we want to see. I like AJ, let’s get it on.”
Warren insisted the Fury-Joshua fight would also settle the debate about the best in the world, though he believes it is clearly Fury.
“We know who the No 1 is. The world must know. Tyson Fury went to Germany and beat the second longest reigning heavyweight champion ever in Wladimir Klitschko. The best in his generation. Tyson didn’t get any credit and I feel that caused a lot of problems for him, mentally.
“Then you look at Joshua, 18 months later he fights the same guy who is older. He goes on the floor, it’s life and death – a great fight for the fans – and his fragility made it an exciting fight. Yet Tyson has come back and done it all again. He got robbed in first fight against Wilder and destroyed him the second time. But the fans deserve to see Fury and Joshua now.”
Fury, meanwhile, has his own plans back in Morecambe, Lancashire, with his wife Paris and their five children, away from the glitz of Las Vegas.
“I’m going to take a break now,” Fury told Telegraph Sport. “Go home and get my caravan back out again. Might tour the country. Light the old gypsy fire. Get the kids running round the fire. I don’t think there is any greater freedom than that.
“With all the ambitions and grand plans people have, I don’t think there’s any greater sense of freedom than laying in a caravan in the middle of nowhere listening to the stream or the fire crackling. Tranquil, quiet, darkness. There’s nothing more natural.
“It’s in me. It’s been bred into me. Even if I lived in a castle, I’d always want to go sleep in a caravan,” said the heavyweight champion of the world.