​Tyson Fury Confirms He Donated £7m Fight Earnings To Charity

Tyson Fury has confirmed he gave the earnings from his last fight to charity, as he promised he would after the split decision draw with Deontay Wilder in December.

While Fury was denied the victorious comeback he'd been hoping for after judges scored the fight 115 - 111 for Wilder, 114 - 110 for Fury, and 113 - 113 on the final card, he was still able to walk out with his head held high as an undefeated boxer.

What's more, he also became the bigger man when he revealed he'd be donating his earnings to charity - something that he's now followed through with.

"I did give away my last purse but I don't do charity work for a pat on the back," he said in a Q&A session, as reported by talkSPORT.

"I do it to help people but I do not want praise for it, I don't want to be called a do-gooder."

According to the Mirror, the Gypsy King earned an intial £2.5 million for the fight, along with an additional £4.5m once pay-per-view earnings were taken into account.

He didn't specify which charity - or charities - had received the donation, but he has previously spoken about homeless charities, having witnessed poverty first-hand when he travelled around Los Angeles on a promotional tour ahead of the fight.

Following the match in December, according to the Mirror he said: "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."

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Credit: PA
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Credit: PA

Immediately after the fight, a bruised Fury also made an impassioned speech to the camera - addressing his own demons, which have kept him out of the ring for the past two and half years.

He said: "It's an iconic comeback, isn't it?" he said.

"After two and a half years out the ring, ten stone ballooned, mental health problems.

"I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back, and it can be done.

"Everybody out there who has the same problems I've been suffering with, I did that for you guys."

He continued: "You know the truth. Everybody knows I won that fight.

"And if I can come back from where I've come from then you can do it too.

"So, get up, get over it and let's do it. Seek help, and let's do it together as a team. I did it for you guys."

Inspiring stuff.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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