Tyson Fury's dad John says son has 'gone money-mad' and multi-million fortune is 'chicken feed'
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John Fury has said his ‘money-mad’ son Tyson wants to become the ‘richest heavyweight in the world’ after meeting mega-rich Saudi Arabians and comparing fortunes.
Speaking on the Rob Moore podcast, 59-year-old John said: "He's gone round and seen them and thought, 'hang on, I've got chicken feed compared to these boys, and I think it's bothered him because he's realised his money isn't a lot of money.
"A lot of money to you, a lot of money to me, I'll never see anything like that, I wouldn't see the small change off it, I wouldn't want to. But that's where he's at now. He's moved onto the money goal because the Saudis have inspired him to make more money."
Fury has an estimated net worth of around £130 million and has previously admitted to being extremely frugal when it comes to splashing the cash.
In an interview earlier this year, Fury said he loves a bargain - so much so that he refuses to pay full price.
He said: “I’m not gonna pay £3.50 for a pack of KitKats that’s usually on offer, no way! No matter how much money I’ve got I just won’t do it because it’s not in me to do so."
However, his dad reckons that hasn’t stopped him from becoming obsessed with making more cash.
"All of sudden, click, he's gone money mad, you know, thinking he can compete with the Saudis,” Big John added.
"That's how his mind works, he wants to be on the same level as them boys! Being around people with trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars, it's going to make you think about money yourself.
"They have made Tyson feel inept with his few quid!"
He went on to say that Fury has his sights set on becoming the world’s richest heavyweight boxer.
He said: "It ain't about the money because he couldn't spend the money he's got now already. But he just thinks 'OK, I'm the best heavyweight in the world, I'm gonna be the richest heavyweight in the world. I'm gonna be the richest boxer out there. He wants to be known as the richest boxer and take Floyd Mayweather's title off him, but in a different way. That's how his mind ticks."