The Heavyweight Champion of the World, Tyson Fury, is no stranger to a singsong in the ring after a victory, and now he’s channelling that energy in the studio.
Neil Diamond’s hit, Sweet Caroline, has been a staple at British boxing shows for years now, so it’s no surprise to hear that it’s the song, as reported by the BBC, Fury has chosen to cover for his first crack in the music biz. Despite its roots in boxing, it’s another group of fans that he’s targeting.
“Sweet Caroline is a record I’ve always loved and I’m excited to record and release it, and thanks to the folks over at Warner Music, they’ve given me the opportunity to do that, and what better time to release it than around the World Cup”
Whilst holding a perfect record in the ring, Fury has been open about his battles outside of it. Following his shock victory over long-reigning champ, Wladimir Klitschko, the Morecambe man spiralled into depression, alcohol, and drugs. Now in a better place – largely due to the sport he loves – his foray into the recording industry is to raise cash for a charity that helps men discuss their feelings and traumas.
“I’ve been very vocal about the mental health struggle and it’s been widely printed from highs and lows, ups and downs. I’ve tried my best to keep talking about it as much as I can and keep trying to smash the stigma, I suppose.”
“I always wanted to be a singer, even thought I’m quite s**t at it, but, like my wife keeps saying, fake it till you make it. I’m the next Tom Jones, I believe.”
Co-founders of the charity, Ben Akers and Gavin Thorpe, said that Fury was a spokesperson who could save lives.
“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK. Tyson Fury is a champion, in and out of the ring to many of those men. Men see themselves in Tyson, so when he talks – or sings – they listen.”
The single is due to be released next month with all proceeds going to charity Talk Club, and given his popularity, talented or otherwise, ‘The Gypsy King’ might just have to clear room in his title cabinet for a Christmas Number 1. Who knows, fans may just be treated to a live performance should he beat Derek Chisora on December 3rd. In fact, it’s highly likely.
You can find out about Talk Club and what they do to support men in opening up about mental health struggles here. For a reminder of the set of pipes the champ has on him, have a look below.
🎶And a song to send everyone home. 🎶
The King has conquered the American Heavyweight landscape.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 23, 2020