Tyson Fury is gearing up for what could be one of his last fights next month as he outlines his plans for retirement after hanging up his gloves.
The 33-year-old Wythenshawe-born boxer and self-proclaimed ‘gypsy king’ is currently hard at work and training for what he’s recently claimed could bring an end to his illustrious career when he comes up against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte for the highly-anticipated heavyweight showdown at Wembley Stadium on 23 April.
Although boxing fans have been left surprised by Fury teasing his retirement, as it was widely expected that he would take on either Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification clash, he’s made it clear he doesn’t need to take any more fights in his future.
With an undefeated record of 31 wins and a draw against Deontay Wilder, Fury revealed that his reason for retiring comes down to the fact he has more money than he’ll ever need.
Speaking to BT Sport about why he wants to retire after the Whyte match, Fury explained: “The only thing I can gain is money, so after this fight, I’ll have earned over £100 million. If I can spend that, I don’t deserve any more, do I? I know Mike Tyson spent half a billion and Evander Holyfield £400 million and all the rest, but I don’t live their big flash lifestyles.
“I live in Morecambe [and] it’s cheap there. I don’t have any big habits, like I’m gambling tons of money away, I don’t do anything.
“I can never spend the money I’ve got.”
“I’ve got stuff I want to do,” he continued.
“[There’s] a lot of opportunities that don’t involve me getting brain damage. I’ve got six kids and a wife. When is enough enough? Why do I have to be one of those people who went on too long and got injured? Just had one too many fights and blew it all for what? A few more quid?”
Revealing what he hopes to achieve before the end of his career, Fury added: “‘I want to retire on top, unbeaten heavyweight champion of the world, and I want to do a Netflix documentary, a Hollywood movie, and be a good husband, father and son.
“Most of all I just want to be happy, and that’s probably the hardest thing.”
It’s not just his retirement plans that Fury’s been speaking about the run-up to the Whyte clash either, as he’s also jokingly revealed in a recent appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on YouTube that he puts most of the successes in his career down to “masturbation seven times a day”.
“I put my success down to masturbation seven times a day,” Fury said.
“Got to keep that blood pumping baby. The only thing I have been loading is testosterone from all the w***ing over the years. Right hands and left hands depending on what I feel like.”
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Army ‘on standby’ as UK prepares for more postal, rail, lecturer and nurses strikes in December
The armed forces are said to be “on standby” to help fill various roles ahead of a new raft of strikes across health, education and postal sectors this month.
Royal Mail workers, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff are committed to walking out over pay disputes on Wednesday, 30 November as various organised strikes persist across the country.
Countless employees from various industries who feel they are underappreciated and underpaid are set to join the ongoing rail strikes, as well as the thousands of nurses expected to follow suit on the picket line throughout December.
Now, as per the interim chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery, given the strikes’ proximity to Christmas, roping in the British military now seems likely. Dr Emma Runswick of the British Medical Association said there is there a simple way to put an end to mass industrial action: pay people fairly.
Speaking to Sky News on Thursday morning, Cordery confirmed that while the army is waiting in the wings to help fill relevant NHS roles, “the reality is if the army or other armed forces step in it will very much be at the margins rather than going out and driving ambulances”.
It remains unclear whether army personnel will be needed to combat the impending labour shortage across other industries. Regardless, the Communication Workers Union are going ahead will a series of strikes in December.
Having formally called on Royal Mail employees to join the national demonstrations for strike action on the following days:
Friday, 9 December
Sunday, 11 December
Wednesday, 14 December
Thursday, 15 December
Friday, 23 December
Saturday, 24 December
As for rail workers, RMT Assistant General Secretary Eddie Dempsey shared a similar sentiment, assuring that while the train drivers and the transport sector, in general, are standing firm, negotiations with Network Rail and other operators continue this week.
In addition to RMT members across 14 rail companies striking on 13-14 and 16-17 December, as well as 3-4 and 6-7 January, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) said that staff working onboard and station roles will take action against Avanti West Coast on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December.
Meanwhile, the National Education Union (NEU) which represents 77 sixth-form colleges in England are also striking over pay, stating that in real terms, teachers have suffered a pay cut of around 20% since 2010.
Furthermore, the University and College Union (UCU) already held a 48-hour strike last week and is now set to hold another 24-hour walkout among university staff. As well as organising a large rally in London, union members across at least 150 different institutions will be joining the December strikes.
An MP took the mick out of Harry Maguire in Ghanaian parliament and we can’t get over it
Hello and welcome to another edition of ‘Headlines We Never Thought We’d Write’. In this week’s episode, a Ghanaian MP mocked Harry Maguire in the middle of parliament and we want answers.
Now, if you’re coming here looking for answers as to exactly why a random politician all the way over on the other side of the world, of all people, chose to mock Harry Maguire in Ghanaian parliament, we’ll stop you right there: we’re just as confused as you are.
That being said, let’s go on this journey together.
Here is Ghana’s Isaac Adongo, MP for the Bolgatanag Central, going in on the Sheffield-born United defender as a way of digging out the opposition:
As you can see in the rather surreal two-and-a-half-minute clip, Adongo is taking aim at the government’s Vice President and Head of the Economic Management Team, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, when he decides to use the 29-year-old centre-back as a simile.
The MP explains that despite being perceived as one of the best defenders in the league when the club signed him, he went on to become “the biggest threat at the centre of Man United‘s defence”. Ouch.
Adongo goes on to add that Maguire was “tackling Manchester United players and giving assists to [his] opponents”, joking that even if they missed “he would score for them” and dubbing Bawumia the “economic Maguire” for scoring own goals against his own nation. Deary me.