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Fury fan Drake backs "psycho" Gypsy King ahead of Wilder clash: "We all love you"

Two heavyweights of their respective professions, Drake and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, expressed their support and admiration for Tyson Fury ahead of his match-up with Deontay Wilder.

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Drake backs "psycho" Fury ahead of Wilder clash: "We all love you"

In one of the most hotly anticipated trilogy installments of 2021, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will meet in the ring for the third time on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The first fight ended in a split draw following Fury’s “rise-from-the-dead” moment in the 12th round. The Gypsy King, who enters Saturday’s match-up with a 30-0-1 record, was far more offensive and aggressive in the rematch in February 2020, going on to win that bout via  technical knockout and consigning Wilder (with a current 42-1-1 record) to his first-ever professional defeat.

While Fury was regarded as the underdog going into those first two meetings, he is the odds-on favorite this time round. And the British boxer can count on the support of the two other heavyweights in their respective professions, pop superstar Drake and soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have both posted video messages on social media in recent hours to show their support for Fury ahead of Saturday’s bout.

Drake to Fury: We’re all so proud of you

“This is a video for the most psycho man I know. He’s mad in his head but he has the purest heart. The nicest guy, the Gypsy King, the scariest man in boxing,” said four-time Grammy winner Drake.

“Good luck this weekend brother. I want you to just go out there, continue the legacy, do what you do. We all love you cos you’re relentlessly yourself. So got out there, get the work done and then afterwords fucking sing your heart out or say whatever the fuck you wanna say.

“I’m gonna tell you brother, we’re all so proud of you. We love you and I appreciate you always staying in contact with me. I appreciate the encouragement, the inspiration. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result this weekend.”

Zlatan tells Fury: “Keep making history”

For his part, AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic also had a personal message for Fury, with the former Barcelona and LA Galaxy player urging the undefeated heavyweight to “keep making history”.

“Tyson Fury my friend, what’s up? I hope you’re well. I hope the camp went well. I hope your family is well. I hope that everything is as it should be and I want to wish you big luck even if you don’t need it; you’re on that level,” said the 40-year-old Swedish player.

“Keep making history. People admire you, you’re an inspiration for everybody so keep doing what you’re doing. Keep being yourself, that is most important. And so do me a favor, just go out there and dance in the ring and do what you have to do. Take the belt home and keep going. Keep striving, keep pushing, I wish you all the best. Take care and I’ll be watching, so make me enjoy [it].”