Cutman Jorge Capetillo has disclosed that WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury has generously provided financial support to his family during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Capetillo was a crucial part of Fury’s corner last year when ‘The Gypsy King’ sustained two gruesome cuts against Swede Otto Wallin, helping the Mancunian avoid a stunning TKO upset as the lacerations originated from legal punches.
Due to the cancellation of boxing events and closure of gyms during the Covid-19 lockdown, Capetillo had been left without a source of income. Speaking to Sky Sports, he revealed how Fury kindly reached out and offered him financial support.
“He is still very grateful,” said Capetillo. “When he knew we were locked down because of Covid-19 and my gym was closed, he texted me and said, ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’.
“He is still taking care of me. He sent me money. I was supposed to be with Jessie Vargas in New York on March 14, but the fight was cancelled and I came home with empty pockets. I was scared, I didn’t know what to do.
“[Tyson] knew Jessie’s fight was cancelled. He asked about my family and what he could do. He said, ‘I’ll sort out some money for your family so you can be good’. Such generosity for me and my family. He is a great man, so humble. He had the time to ask how I was doing with my family during this crisis.”
After switching trainers from Ben Davison to Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward, Fury is now attended in the corner by Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran, but has never forgotten that night Capetillo saved his unbeaten record.