This Saturday, Tyson Fury will challenge American champ Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title. This gigantic clash is being dubbed as the boxing match of the year and the ultimate test for the ‘The Gypsy King’ since returning to the ring after a two-year hiatus.
Aside from earning a chance to reclaim the heavyweight strap, the former world champion is set to earn the biggest paycheck in his career from this fight. But Fury has no plans on keeping any of it. In an interview with The Irish Mirror, the 30-year old said he wants to donate his entire seven-figure purse to the poor and build homes for them.
— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) November 26, 2018
Fury came back to professional boxing in mid-2018 after being sidelined for more than two years. The 30-year old boxer has been successful in his last two outings as he dispatched Sefer Seferi last June before outlasting Francisco Pianeta on August for the 27th win of his career.
On December 1, the biggest boxing showdown of the year will unfold at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The undefeated and reigning WBC heavyweight titlist, Wilder, will try to protect his belt against ‘The Gypsy King’, in what pundits claimed as the biggest acid test of Fury’s career. Both heavyweights have each claimed that they will come out with the victory, although odds are favouring the defending champion to win the match.
Fury stressed that he would not take the fight if he thinks he could not dethrone Wilder. He also assured that he is stronger and wiser now compared to the Wladimir Klitschko bout.
“If I didn’t think I could defeat Deontay Wilder, I wouldn’t be here. I live in a nice house, I’ve got a beautiful family, but if we had to move out of that house into a trailer and have nothing, I would prefer to do that than to go into this fight just for money knowing I can’t win. I’m not the same. I’m better now than I was when I fought Klitschko. I’ve got more experience, I move better, I’m stronger and wiser.”
— Boxing News Now (@Boxing_NewsNow) November 26, 2018
A Heart of Gold
Fury may be the villain in this heavyweight title fight against ‘The Bronze Bomber,’ but he surely has the heart of gold. ‘The Gypsy King’ recently revealed that he will donate his entire paycheck from this fight to the poor and homeless.
“I’m going to give it to the poor and I’m going to build homes for the homeless. I don’t really have much use for it, I’m not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire. I’m a boxer not a businessman and I’ll probably go down the same route as every other boxer — skint at the end of it all. You can’t take it with you so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can’t help themselves.”
He also claimed that this move will also serve as a lesson for his own children to earn money from their own hard work.
“It’s easy to spend someone else’s money and the money I’ve earned is practically blood money. My kids have to make their own living and make their own way in life; they won’t be living off my name or reputation because that’s too easy a route. You see many of these rich people’s kids doing nothing because they had it too easy. I never had it easy, I had to work for whatever I got. I was working from very young, everything I wanted in life I had to work for.”
Will Fury survive the biggest test of his career this Saturday? Or will Wilder remain the WBC heavyweight champion? Regardless of the result, ‘The Gypsy King’ has already won the hearts of many for his eagerness to help the less fortunate.
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