By Clarkson Ogo and agency report
Instead of using his winnings on sports cars or luxury goods, this British boxer donated all of it to charity.
After spending years of his life struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, Tyson Fury is now a heavyweight boxing champion.
The 30-year-old fighter, who is also known as “The Gypsy King” in the ring, squared off against Deontay Wilder in December. Though Fury’s purse for the fight was about $3.5 million, the total amount of pay-per-view income brought his payment to roughly $9 million – all of which he donated to charity.
He initially announced that he would be donating his purse for the fight after he traveled to Los Angeles for a media conference and he was shocked by the amount of homeless people he saw on the streets.
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Though the fight against Wilder ended in a controversial draw, he recently confirmed that he had indeed donated his entire purse to several UK charities that specialize in providing housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts.
Fury confirmed the donation after a fan asked him about his financial pledge during a Q&A segment of a charity auction in Cardiff last week.
“I did give away my last purse, but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back,” said Fury, as reported by The Sun. “I do it to help people, but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do-gooder.”