Tyson Fury in homeless pledge
Tyson Fury has promised to spend some of the purse from his next fight to help combat homelessness in the UK. Fury says his experiences in America have inspired him to make a difference back home.
Former heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has pledged to use some of the prize money he will earn this weekend to fund help for the homeless. The Brit is in Los Angeles preparing for his WBC world title fight with Deontay Wilde.
The 30-year-old stated he was shocked at the sheer number of homeless people in one of the most prestigious areas of America. Rough sleeping is common with makeshift structures and tents visible in many areas. The Los Angeles Times reported that the homeless are even living in the city’s subway with police finding 160 homeless when they performed a sweep of buses and trains.
Fury revealed that the nine weeks he has spent in California have changed him as a person, citing that the conditions that some people have to endure has opened his eyes. The controversial fighter likened his time in America to being in a third-world country and believed the problem is a global one.
Fury says he intends to build some homes to rehouse those with no fixed abode and also intends to set aside funds for helping drug addicts and alcoholics.
Fury himself has had issues with drug and alcohol abuse. After Fury’s shock win against nine-year champion Wladimir Klitschko, the fighter seemed to have the world at his feet. However, it started a downward spiral with Fury using cocaine and drinking heavily, as well as being stripped of his belts. He later received a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned steroid.
This weekend’s fight against Wilder will be Fury’s third fight since his return to the ring after almost a three year gap. In his first fight, he comfortably beat 41 year-old Sefer Seferi, his opponent retiring in the fifth round. His last fight was a more testing encounter against former heavyweight title challenger Francesco Pianeta.
The 34-year-old took Fury the distance but lost on points. Fury’s next opponent is a class above any fighter that he has faced since his return. Deontay “The Bronze Bomber“ Wilder is undefeated in 40 fights, with 39 of these fights being secured by knock out. Fury has won all his 27 fights with 19 being by KO.
In the final news conference before the Sunday morning fight the two boxers had to be separated as the pair nearly came to blows in a heated encounter on-stage. Fury called Wilder a “fraud” and a “pretender”. Both boxers tried to reach the other and had to be restrained by their teams. Fury later claimed that Wilder was trying to provoke Fury into punching Wilder so the fight would be cancelled but he did apologise for the behaviour of both boxers saying “emotions were running high”.