Tyson Fury defeats Strowman in WWE debut
Tyson Fury has defeated Braun Strowman and emerged victorious from his first WWE match.
The heavyweight boxer wore traditional Saudi dress as he entered the King Fahd Stadium for a wrestling debut that is rumoured to have earned him £12m.
Fireworks, flames and lasers greeted Fury at the Crown Jewel event in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as “gypsy king” flashed up on the screen.
The 6ft 9in Fury stood eye to eye with his opponent Braun Strowman, but there was a huge weight difference between the two men.
The spectacle only lasted eight minutes, with Fury rocking Strowman with a right-hand punch which sent him flying out of the ring.
He was unable to get to his feet before the referee’s 10 count, handing victory to the British star.
Many in the boxing world have questioned Fury’s decision to try his hand at the orchestrated hi-jinx of WWE, especially when he is supposed to be focused on setting up a rematch with Deontay Wilder.
The pair fought to a thrilling draw last December and the public have been clamouring for a re-run ever since.
Fury also risked damaging his eye in his WWE debut, which is still healing after it was cut badly in his last boxing match against Otto Wallin.
The choice of the Manchester man to take part in the Saudi event was also criticised by some, given the country’s poor human rights record.
But by dipping his toe into the world of sport-entertainment Fury will have raised his profile and the interest in his next fights.