Tyson Fury: How social media reacted to the new world champion

Tyson Fury
Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko on points in Dusseldorf to become heavyweight champion of the world

From becoming the heavyweight champion of the world to serenading his wifeexternal-link with an Aerosmith classic, Tyson Fury had a night to remember in Germany.

And his antics caught the imagination of audiences around the world as social media feeds caught fire with talk of the British boxer.

Approximately 151,000 tweets were sent about Fury in the hour he was crowned champion, with people from Auckland to the Philippines discussing the fight.

Former cricketer Andrew Flintoff burst into song, while the internet responded with its usual mix of gifs, memes and jokes.

BBC Sport takes a look at the best social media had to offer...

Fans from across the world

Approximately 262,521 tweets about Fury were sent from people around the world during and after the fight.

At one stage the Manchester boxer was trending as far away as New Zealand.

Sonny Bill Williams
New Zealand rugby league, union and boxing star Sonny Bill Williams was happy Fury won
LL Cool J
American rapper LL Cool J was impressed by Fury's singing
Bill Simmons
American sports writer Bill Simmons, who has 4.74m Twitter followers, enjoyed Fury's interview

Best of British

Piers Morgan
British journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan tweeted this tribute
David Haye
Former heavyweight champion Haye was quick to praise Fury
James DeGale
DeGale congratulated his compatriot before defending his IBF super-middleweight title in Canada

Same old Fury

James Robson
Manchester Evening News sports writer James Robson salutes Fury's refusal to change

Too much for some

One of the biggest tweets of the night was this post by Con. retweeted almost 2,000 times

Never forget

The Bleacher Report produced this gifexternal-link, which refers to the time Fury did indeed punch himself in the face during a fightexternal-link as he attempted an uppercut against Lee Swaby.

Bleacher Report UK
This picture is a still from the gif referencing the time Fury punched himself in the face

Manchester's finest

Manchester Evening News
The Manchester Evening News produced this tribute to Fury
Luke Reddy
While BBC Sport's Luke Reddy pointed out how Manchester now dominates the boxing titles
Manchester United
Fury, a Manchester United fan, will enjoy this message from his club


Daft Knight Rises
A bookmaker mocked up this film poster referring to Fury's pre-fight Batman costume

Deeney's windfall

Watford captain Troy Deeney tweeted to say he had won £8,000 on the Fury fight. Earlier in the day the Birmingham City fan scored against Aston Villa in a 3-1 win.

Troy Deeney

Flintoff's sing-a-long

Former England cricketer and one-fight boxer Andrew Flintoff was watching the bout in Australia and filmed himself singingexternal-link along to Fury's version of the Aeorsmith classic 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'.

Andrew Flintoff
British drum and bass band Rudimental enjoyed Fury's singing

But he is not as popular as goal-machine Vardy

On English-language social media Fury drew plenty of attention - but not as much as Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who set a new record Premier League record on Saturday having scored in 11 matches in a row.

This heatmap shows where the term 'Fury' was being spoken about around the world from the start of the fight at 22:00 GMT until 12 hours later
But this is the heatmap for the term 'Vardy', which was tweeted 477,256, almost twice as many times as the term 'Fury'

The view from Ukraine via BBC monitoring

Vitalii Sych, editor of Novoye Vremya weekly:external-link "Friends, let's face it, Klitschko lost today. It was obvious. And the judges are not to blame… Wladimir is a superior boxer to the British Yeti. But for some reason, he lost today. I think he has every chance to learn a lesson and knock this guy out in a rematch."

Journalist Peter Shuklinov: external-link"Wladimir, whether you take revenge or not, whether you win or lose, whether you retire now or in 10 years - whatever happens, thank you! You taught Ukrainians to believe in victory so strongly that no one can allow even the thought of defeat. We should look up to you and build the country with the same belief in ourselves. Thank you for all these years of craftsmanship. We are with you anyway."

Sergey Naumovich, human rights activist from Donetsk: external-link"Let's admit that Klitschko lost unambiguously. Age takes its toll. And even 5-7 years ago, it would have been difficult for Wladimir to beat such a bulky and raving wardrobe."