Tyson Fury’s flight home from Las Vegas was diverted via Georgia – and he took full advantage by sinking a few beers.
Fury had an after party on Saturday night in Hakkasan nightclub following his stunning win over Deontay Wilder .
He flew home as planned on Monday morning – but the flight took 24 hours after a thunderstorm played havoc with their journey.
And so Fury and his team passed the time in a fitting manner, by continuing their celebrations in the airport bar.
“We left Monday morning but it took 24 hours to get back,” Fury’s gym-mate Isaac Lowe told Sky Sports .
“We had to fly to Georgia, then there was a thunderstorm which delayed the plane. We were knackered… we had a few beers.”
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Fury finally landed in Manchester on Tuesday morning where he was given a hero’s welcome by hundreds of fans.
It was a far cry from his return to the UK in 2015 after his win over Wladimir Klitschko when he was something of a pariah due to his homophobic and sexist views.
But now Fury is the favourite to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year after becoming a two-time heavyweight world champion.
He will likely first have to overcome Wilder in a rematch however after the American signalled his intention to trigger the clause in his contract.
That would put an end to Fury’s hopes – at least for now – of a domestic showdown with Anthony Joshua , despite Fury’s promoter Frank Warren hoping he could pay Wilder to step aside.
“It would be expensive – but who knows? The only way you find it is if you try,” Warren told The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s made some stupid statements, I think. I hoped he’d take the defeat as I think he should have done – with grace.
“All that nonsense about the (ring walk) costume (weighing him down) was garbage.”