Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton congratulated Tyson Fury for defending his WBC Heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder – but some were left wondering what the racing driver meant by some of his message. So, what did Tyson Fury say about Lewis Hamilton?
Hamilton congratulations Fury
Fury fought Wilder for the third time in the United States over the weekend, the British boxer knocking his opponent out in round 11.
Fury defended his WBC world title after an American judge ordered a rematch between the two.
Hamilton was just one person to send his congratulations to Fury – who has fought back from mental health problems in the past.
“You can’t deny the Fury,” he wrote on Instagram.
“He’s worked through all the lows to remain on top.
“No matter what he’s said about me, I have huge respect for the work and commitment and sacrifice it takes to be number 1.”
Hamilton also added his congratulations to the Heavyweight boxer, and sent him his best wishes.
But it was that line about “no matter what he’s said about me,” that left some wondering what the boxer had said about the racing driver.
Let’s take a look.
Fury jibe about Hamilton’s taxes
Hamilton has often been in the news for his tax affairs.
Some continue to believe that he does not pay tax in the UK, and that he registered his private jet in an off-shore location to avoid appropriate taxes.
Hamilton has since sold the jet and pays the tax required of him by the UK treasury.
Speaking to the Daily Mail earlier in 2021, Fury made a comment about Hamilton’s perceived dodging of taxes.
“Unlike Lewis Hamilton, I live and pay taxes which went up to £9million last year,” he said.
The boxer known as “The Gypsy King” wondered why he has not received any formal recognition by way of an honour by the UK government.
Hamilton has been knighted for his services to charity and motorsport.
What’s next for Fury and Hamilton?
Fury had been scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
That was before the judge ruled he must fight Wilder again.
Fury won his bout, but Joshua lost to Oleksander Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hamilton is locked into his own world title fight.
The Mercedes driver finished fifth in the Turkish GP on Sunday, losing the championship lead to rival Max Verstappen.
Verstappen has 262.5 points to Hamilton’s 256.5.
There are six races remaining in the season, with the United States Grand Prix next up on Sunday, October 24th.