WATCH: Tyson Fury carried a cross to mark Good Friday

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Tyson Fury marked Good Friday by carrying a cross barefoot along the sea front in Morecambe, Lancashire.

The WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight champion is well known for being deeply religious. And he showed it again on Friday.

Carrying the cross

He released a short video on Twitter showing him striding barefoot and carrying a cross on his back. Just as the Bible tells us Jesus did more than 2000 years ago.

Fury captioned the video quite simply: “Happy Easter, stay blessed. #inthenameofjesus.”

‘The Gypsy King’ is of course preparing right now for that eagerly-awaited showdown with Anthony Joshua. It is hoped their first meeting will take place in July this year with a rematch before the end of 2021.

The pair officially signed contracts for a two-fight deal in March, and promoters are now fielding offers from sites bidding to host the first fight.

Eddie Hearn is on a global tour as we speak looking to finalise the venue, with the Middle East – and specifically Saudi Arabia – remaining the hot favourite. It hosted Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.

Fury has become increasingly frustrated at delays in finalising the date – he has now not fought since destroying Deontay Wilder in February 2020. A trilogy bout with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ planned for last year subsequently collapsed.

Tyson has said on multiple occasions that inactivity is a serious foe for any top-level fighter. He referenced it after UFC superstar Conor McGregor and boxing great Josh Warrington both suffered recent defeats.

Fury and Joshua currently hold all of the world heavyweight titles, and their first fight should crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999.

Fury and faith

With a 30-0-1 record, Fury has used his faith to help guide him to a state of peace after mental health issues and huge weight gain almost destroyed his boxing career.

He spent almost three years out of the sport and ballooned to 400lbs after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion for the first time in late 2015.