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On Tyson Fury, beer, and Wembley Stadium

After a video purporting to show an altogether unorthodox method of pouring beer en masse went viral from Wembley Stadium, Christian Smith tells all about a night of lager-fuelled surprises.

Tyson Fury
Credit: Instagram/Top Rank

Despite all the headlines warning us that it won’t be long before the £7 pint becomes less a London pub fever dream and more a depressing reality, it’s rare that I pay north of £6 for a beer at present.

There are, of course, exceptions to this very vague rule of thumb, but the ignominy of paying upwards of seven quid for a lager poured from a large can into a pint glass is, thankfully, a rarely-confronted one.

To Wembley Stadium, then, where hopped up on 1,330 calories worth of chicken tenders and fries, I surrendered to the reality of the situation and, well, ‘got involved’.

There were reports of an altogether less appetising method of serving beer at the fight after a video went viral on social media, but it must be highlighted that there is absolutely no evidence of beer actually being served to customers after being poured in the manner depicted in the video, and many Twitter users pointed out that it was most likely merely waste being calculated and poured away.

Many stadiums have tried their hands at clever new methods of pouring a pint, though perhaps it is just a grim reality that attempting to serve 94,000 people a pint at a canter does not constitute a quality pour, no matter how good one’s intentions.

In any case, Tyson Fury made relatively easy work of his big night back on English soil, despatching challenger Dillian Whyte with a vicious uppercut in round six of their heavyweight bout.

Fury then went on to celebrate at well-known Essex celebrity hangout Sheesh Chigwell, reportedly quaffing some well-earned Champagne with his family and entourage.

The Morecambe-based fighter has achieved something close to mythical status on these shores in recent times, with his well-documented and remarkable return from the brink of suicide and drug abuse to become heavyweight champion of the world once more the stuff of modern fairytale.

Fury says he will now ride off into the night, perhaps to watch the sunset over his beloved Morecambe beach as he calls time on a career that many thought was over several years ago.

Whether he returns or not, the show on Saturday night was worth the entrance fee and the £7 can of beer many times over.

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