TOWN CRIER: We’re backing our adopted boxing star Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury (right) in action against Dereck Chisora during their Eliminator match for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship and British and Commonwealth heavyweight Championship at the ExCel Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 29, 2014. See PA story BOXING London. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Tyson Fury (right) in action against Dereck Chisora during their Eliminator match for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship and British and Commonwealth heavyweight Championship at the ExCel Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 29, 2014. See PA story BOXING London. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury certainly divides opinion.

The giant heavyweight boxer has legions of fans who appreciate his skills in the ring and the charisma he brings to a boxing scene short of colourful characters.

But Tyson has many detractors too, who cringe at his bragging and long to see him knocked out and his big mouth silenced.

Love him or hate him, you definitely can’t ignore the 6ft9in self-styled ‘Gypsy Warrior’ who, with a convincing win over Dereck Chisora, now stands just two fights away from the World Heavyweight Championship.

As the Morecambe newspaper, we are firmly behind Tyson’s quest. Not only because he lives in our town, happily settled with wife Paris and children Venezuela and Prince in the West End. But because we respect the fact that Fury is very much his own man, devoted to his family, and has the talent to back up his boasts.

His uncle and trainer Peter is also one of the nicest gentlemen we’ve ever dealt with, always kind, available and accommodating.

The Fury family has experienced so much personal tragedy in 2014 that it would be heartening to see Tyson achieve his goal in 2015.

And wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to say that our humble little Lancashire seaside town is home to the Heavyweight Champion of the World?