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26th Nov 2018

Tyson Fury will use purse from Wilder fight to build houses for the homeless

Darragh Murphy

As recently as three years ago, few could have predicted a scenario where Tyson Fury would become one of the most vocal mental health advocates in sport and one who is committed to giving back to the community

Fury’s ascent to the pinnacle of the heavyweight division was littered with trash talk, bravado and controversy but he is a changed man after battling depression, anxiety and depression.

The undefeated Brit will take to the ring on Saturday night in his most important fight to date as he will get the opportunity to take Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight belt back to Lancashire.

‘The Gypsy King’ is expected to earn a seven-figure payday for his clash in Los Angeles’ Staples’ Centre and he has vowed to donate every penny to help the homeless.

“They think I’ve just come here to pick up a few quid,” Fury said, as transcribed by talkSPORT. “But I couldn’t care less about the money. I don’t have much use for it.

“I’m planning to give it all away to the poor and for building houses for the homeless. I will probably wind up like all the other boxers down the years. Skint.”

When asked whether he would put some money aside for his children’s future, Fury insisted that he did not plan on leaving money for his kids.

The 30-year-old wants his kids to work for their money, rather than have it handed to them.

Fury said: “I don’t believe in leaving money to kids. It’s bad for them.

“You see how all those spoiled rich kids who’ve inherited are in a mess. Kids need to earn their own money. Like I did.

“I’ve worked hard for every penny. Starting since I was eight washing cars. Then as the brusher upper, the idiot doing all the things you didn’t want to do yourself.”