Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of purchasing a pub in Retford, the current owner has revealed. Mr Fury, who has been crowned world champion twice, is said to have expressed an interest in buying The Brick & Tile on Moorgate back in late September.
Barry Brown, the current owner, said Mr Fury made two visits to the pub and wanted to buy it for his family, some of whom are said to live in the nearby village of Treswell. He said that he first heard that the Gypsy King was interested in purchasing the pub from Mr Fury’s brother-in-law, who then brought him in to meet Mr Brown, 65.
However, Mr Fury has since pulled out and the deal will no longer be going ahead, the 65-year-old confirmed. Shoppers said in the past that they would have welcomed the Gypsy King to Retford.
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Many joked at the time that drinkers would not need to worry about trouble kicking off in the pub, owing to his prowess in the ring. While she wasn’t a boxing fan, Lauren Judd, 31, said his presence in Retford would have “only been a good thing”.
The man himself, Tyson Fury.
The man himself, Tyson Fury. (Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire)
“If he wants to come here then sure,” she said. “It would bring money into the area, regardless of how people feel about him or his background.
“Maybe more people would come. We’ve got a lot of empty shops here, so people might see that he’s come here and think that there’s something to Retford.
“It’d be even nicer to see the high street full.” But another resident said she “wasn’t bothered at all” by the idea, seeing the boxing champ as “just another guy” who goes jogging in Treswell.
“He’s just another person – I don’t see the whole fame thing,” she said. “I know his family live in Treswell and when he’s over he jogs through the villages.
“He’s just a nice guy.” Mr Fury, 34, was born in Manchester and lives with his family in Morecambe.
He announced his retirement from boxing in August after successfully defending his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte in April.
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