Behind Tyson Fury and his biggest fan’s touching gesture just after Dillian Whyte KO


Marshall Janson, 14, shared a massive hug with fellow sports hero Tyson Fury after he picked up a KO win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on Saturday

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Tyson Fury poses with 14-year-old superfan Marshall Janson

The student whose dream came true when he won Tyson Fury on Saturday in the ring his mum said the world champion was “okay cool”.

Sports enthusiast Marshall Janson, 14, from Perranporth, lost all four limbs while contracting meningitis shortly after becoming one. But his mother says his disability never held him back and on weekends he shared a massive hug with his sporting hero Tyson Fury in front of the whole world.

Tyson has helped him as he tries raise nearly £30,000 for ‘hero’ prosthetic arms. Colin Trevorrow, who has helped Marshall’s family, summed it up in the words of the moment: “There are very few words that can do this picture justice. A world champion looking into the eyes of a boy who thinks he’s great.”

He revealed how on Saturday before the fight, Marshall received a pledge from an anonymous US donor offering £26,000 to pay for his ‘hero’ guns – although they could not be sure until the money was received. Marshall’s proud mother Stephanie Janson, 42, shared how she had to stay at home with her twins, five, and daughter, 11, and had no idea her son would be in the ring.

“Our friend Colin arranged for him to go to Tyson’s training session on Tuesday last week and he spent the day there. He met Tyson, his brother, his father and other boxers. He had a great time. “When they were there they were told they had tickets to the front row fight. He was shocked and amazed and said to me about Tyson: ‘He’s well cool’.

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Tyson Fury and Marshall embraced after the Gypsy King defeated Dillian Whyte


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“Then Tyson said he wanted him to go in the ring with the belt but there were health and safety concerns so he couldn’t. But he has to go in the ring to congratulate Tyson. He didn’t even know he was going in. I called him around midnight and he said it was amazing.

“He’s such a nice person, he’s like a normal, down to earth guy who gave Marshall an amazing experience.” Discussing how she felt when her son appeared on TV, she added, “I was overwhelmed.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was home alone and then I saw him in the ring. I think I screamed, ‘Oh my god, it’s my son.’ I was wondering if Tyson would mention him and it was so amazing that he did for him. I keep watching the video and it makes me cry so much.”

Stephanie explained how Marshall lost his limb three days after his first birthday. “It was just horrific,” she recalled as Marshall spent six months at Bristol Children’s Hospital. We didn’t think he would make it, so considering how lucky we are. He is such a lovely, kind hearted kid.”

Now they hope to raise the funds to pay for all of his limbs that he will need throughout his life. “He just wants to open the doors and get a handle on something. But he’s always loved sports, so it would be great if he could also use a cricket bat or tennis racquet with one arm. Right now he’s holding it between his arms.

“He’s wanted these guns for a long time but Covid has left it all behind. We had to focus on getting his prosthetic legs first because he had outgrown them. Because the most important thing for him is to run around with his friends.”

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