Tyson Fury keeps promise to ‘Trafford’s Frank Sinatra’ for Haye walkout
Down to earth heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is set to remain true to his word and honour a four-year agreement to allow crooner Wayne Devlin, whose family hail from Newry, to sing his walkout song if he ever made it to the top of his sport.
Tyson Fury, born 12 August 1988, is a British professional boxer who fights in the heavyweight division.
He has represented both his native England and Ireland at amateur level and won the ABA championship in 2008 before turning professional later that year.
He is the current, unbeaten, Irish heavyweight champion and former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
Trafford born Wayne Devlin has performed all over Europe and in the USA. His take on the ‘Rat Pack’ era earned him a series of performances in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Casino and as part of a ‘Rat Pack’ trio at the Golden Nugget Casino.
Wayne has now settled back in Trafford, where he lives with his Wife Val and his two sons. He has been the resident jazz/swing vocalist for the Trafford Centre since 2007 and regularly performs there and all around the North West.
He is also an actor and has appeared in Shameless, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Fury, 24, tackles former world heavyweight champion David Haye on September 28th at Manchester Arena in the fight of his life and will allow the man known as ‘Trafford’s Frank Sinatra’ to perform his entrance music.
Explaining the details of the promise made by fledgling pro Tyson in 2009, Devlin told local newspaper Messenger, “It was shortly after his second fight as a professional when he came to see me perform at the Trafford Centre,” stated Wayne.
“He said that when he hits the big time he wants me to sing his entrance song, and, true to his word, he’s chosen me in the biggest fight of his career.
“The Fury family are very close and very loyal and they have given me a chance to sing on a massive stage. My only thoughts are to do my best for them and I’m not thinking about launching something on the back of this.”
Undefeated former British and Irish champion Fury has been known to hold a note or two himself in the ring in recent times after taking to the microphone in the wake of his US debut win over Steve Cunningham and Devlin will now get the chance to hold the same feeling as the fighter in front of a capacity crowd in the autumn.
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