Fury wants to champion the efforts of those currently putting their lives at risk to fight the coronavirus pandemic
Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight champion, praised the NHS and frontline workers who are risking their lives during the coronavirus pandemic and urged the government to recognise their life-saving efforts in the next Honour’s List.
Fury is currently adhering to lockdown rules at his home in Morecambe with his wife Paris and their five children, and has been broadcasting a public workout with his wife every morning via his social media channels.
“The NHS are saving thousands of people on a daily basis, but you know you’ve got your other community service people who work for the community,” the 31-year-old, who was feted for his seventh round stoppage victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas two months ago, told Sky Sports.
“You’ve got the police, you’ve got the fire brigade, you’ve got the bin men, you’ve got the local councillors. You’ve got all these people who are very busy, doing day-to-day stuff that we take for granted again.
“All my applause and respect goes out to these people, because they are saving tons and tons of lives on a daily basis and putting their own lives in jeopardy. The NHS are doing a fantastic job for the country. I think they all need honouring from the Queen, like MBEs and stuff.”
Fury himself has learnt to battle mental illness and has been assisting in his own community. “I’ve been doing bits and pieces, like around the local area, asking people if they need anything and stuff like that,” he explained. “At a time of need, we all unite, and we all show that there is a lot of love and care for each other and our fellow human beings out there.”
“Never mind around Morecambe, there are a few people around the world who take advice. Everybody needs advice and help now and again, even myself, everybody.”
Fury is still maintaining a regular fitness regime, insisting it gives him a way to regulate in his life. “It gives me something to get up for in the morning, to look forward to, to inspire others. Just imagine people who are in high-rise buildings and people who haven’t got a garden and stuff, who can’t get out and exercise.
“Although it’s been a negative time, I’ve taken quite a lot of positives out of it as well. Sometimes we get caught up in the rat race and caught up in life. We don’t really take time to appreciate the things that we’re lucky to do on a daily basis, like go out and roam around, and be free and do what we want to do.”
“We never stop, take a minute to look around and be thankful for what we do have. I’ve been banging this drum for years about being thankful for what we do have, the small things in life.”