Tyson Fury has admitted the shocking reality of his social media exchange with UFC star Conor McGregor.
The pair of sporting mavericks are widely considered the greatest trash talkers in their fields. So when the masters of the art of verbal sparring collided, fans immediately grabbed their popcorn to see who would come out on top.
‘The Gypsy King’ started the heated argument by posting a picture of McGregor’s arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. with the caption: “This man did it right. Got in and won and got out on top.
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This enraged the Irishman, who fiercely responded with a personal dig at the boxer.
He said: “U bottled it with Billy joe’s Da, what were you doing there? U Left him, Versace t*** U. Done. Nothing.”
He’s referring to a viral video where Fury watched on as Billy Joe Saunders’s father was assaulted by security after his son’s defeat against Canelo Alvarez.
But, of course, Fury couldn’t let that rest and wrote a staggering reply highlighting the Irishman’s misdemeanours outside of the cage.
“Come back when u win a fight mush, and the difference in me and you is I don’t get myself in trouble & people actually like me, your just a bully who hit old man.”
Ultimately the Irishman ended the argument with one last message.
He concluded: “You are just a little r** licker bro. That’s all. You stood there while your friends’ father was being attacked and done nothing. That’s the be all end all bro. Good luck, God bless.”
Although the exchange didn’t last particularly long, combat sports enthusiasts enjoyed the fantasy battle between two of the world’s most prominent sporting figures. But after Fury’s recent interview, they could feel somewhat played.
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Fans love a good rivalry with two men who despite each other. It’s what sells, and fans can’t get enough of it. But with that comes the obvious attempts at pantomime. Fighters know how to play the system. If they create enough noise, then the world will take note. And nobody knows that better than The Gypsy King.
During his media day for his upcoming super-fight with Dillian Whyte, the 6 ft 9 giant admitted that he orchestrated the Twitter beef to coincide with Superbowl Weekend.
Fury said: “It was Superbowl weekend, a great time to get some publicity. Great timing, actually. We were trending all over Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, so pretty good work.
“I think he’s a good fighter. Well, he has been a good fighter in the past. It is what it is. The man’s doing his thing and earning a few quid, paying for his family. You can’t complain, can you?
“How could there be any animosity? We’re in totally different sports. But it created the headlines that we wanted.”
Fury knows exactly how to promote a contest. It’s why he’s capable of selling out Wembley Stadium. And perhaps his choreographed verbal battle with McGregor will attract the eyes of a few more MMA fans to his next contest.
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