Tyson Fury To Donate £8 Million Purse To The Poor And Homeless

OK, so who's going to get to work on the Tyson Fury biopic?

Following personal battles with depression, alcohol and drug misuse, the 30-year-old heavyweight almost completed the perfect comeback in Los Angeles against Deontay Wilder this morning - denied only by what many consider to be a dubious tied scorecard from the judges.

But despite not quite claiming a victory upon his return to the ring, he can undoubtedly be considered to have come away from the fight as a winner in every other sense.

Having shed 10 stone in preparation for the fight and shaken suicidal thoughts, the 'Gypsy King' is now intent on helping others overcome their battles.

The father and husband is expected to pocket around £8 million ($10 million) from his dramatic clash with Wilder, but he reportedly intends to spend all of it helping the poor and homeless.

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."

Here's hoping we get to see such a generous gesture put into action; it would be quite something if the money he earned as a result of his recovery ends up helping others back from the brink. It's certainly a refreshing departure from the ostentatious cash-flashing normalised by other top fighters.

Speaking after the fight, a bruised Fury made an impassioned speech into the camera that will no doubt motivate countless viewers to keep battling their own demons.

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

"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."

Stirring stuff from the big man, who has managed to transform the darkness in his own life into a light for others.

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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