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Catholic boxer plans to use proceeds of big bout to help the homeless

Catholic boxer Tyson Fury has claimed he plans to give his seven-figure pay day for Saturday’s fight with Deontay Wilder to “the poor and to build homes for the homeless”.

The undefeated 30-year-old is expected to earn a career-high purse when he challenges WBC heavyweight champion Wilder at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

After being such a controversial figure he has gained admirers for being so open about his struggles with mental health – and insists there are still others he wants to help.

“I’m going to give it to the poor and I’m going to build homes for the homeless,” said Fury, according to The Irish Mirror.

“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.”

Picture: Tyson Fury attends a press conference at The Novo by Microsoft at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. Wilder and Fury will square off for their world heavyweight title bout at the Staples Center on Saturday 1st December. (Chris Farina/ZUMA).