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Tyson Fury named Fighter of the Year by Ring magazine

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Controversial world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been named Fighter of the Year by boxing publication The Ring magazine.

Fury's award comes after he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last November, earning a unanimous points decision deemed Upset of the Year by Ring.

And the Manchester fighter was not the only Brit to pick up a gong, with Anthony Crolla and coach Joe Gallagher also receiving nods.

Fury follows in the footsteps of Ricky Hatton, who was recognised in 2005 after wins over Kostya Tszyu and Carlos Maussa.

"They're all great fighters," Fury told Ring magazine's website. "I've done really well to come first when I was up against that lot and I still can't believe it.

"I'm just ecstatic to be part of a very short Fighter of the Year list from Great Britain and Ireland. It's like a VIP club and Ricky is a friend who is from the same part of town as me and that makes this all the more special.

"As far as I'm concerned, the Ring Fighter of the Year award is the biggest and best award in boxing."

Crolla, meanwhile, said he was "honoured" to be named Inspiration of the Year after he recovered from a fractured skull and broken ankle sustained chasing two burglars to win the WBA lightweight crown.