British boxer Tyson Fury just became the heavyweight champion of the world defeating Denotay Wilder in Los Angeles. As he toured LA before the fight he was shocked with the amount of homeless people he saw. Tyson himself spent years struggling with drug addiction, mental health issues and homelessness. So when he won, instead of spending his money on sports cars or luxury items, he donated it all to charities that support recovering addicts and alcoholics.
His purse was around $3.5-million for the fight. But when you add in the pay-per-view income, he got about $9-million. And that kind of money can do a lot of good.
“I did give away my last purse, but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back,” Fury explains . “I do it to help people, but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do-gooder.”
In the hype up to the fight Tyson said Wilder was taking him lightly. "They think I’ve just come here to pick up a few quid. But I couldn’t care less about the money. I don’t have much use for it.
"I’m planning to give it all away to the poor and for building houses for the homeless." They should have taken him more serious!