TYSON FURY visited Billingham Boxing Academy on Sunday and was blown away by some of the young fighters he met.
The 33-year-old Gypsy King is on a tour of the UK following his retirement from professional boxing in April.
And while in Durham, Fury and his father John stopped by Billingham Boxing Academy to meet trainers Adrian Worth and Stephen Hollingsworth and some of their young students.
Fury was impressed to learn that the gym is actively organizing fights for their kids – a 12-year-old has 21 fights under his belt, a statistic Fury found hard to believe.
Coach Worth revealed the kids were impressed by the world heavyweight champion but that Fury returned their enthusiasm.
He told SunSport: “The kids were obviously all interested in him and couldn’t wait to meet him, but he was just as interested in them and wanted to ask them any questions and you could see he was really impressed at 10 years old – Olds who had over ten seizures.
“He brought everyone together and asked who are active boxers here. Then he went around and talked to each kid one by one and they told him how many fights they had.
“When Tyson asked a kid how many he had and he said ’17,’ Tyson said, ‘There’s no way you’ve had 17 seizures! You couldn’t have had it, you’re only 10 years old, I can’t believe it, it’s brilliant.
“He said because he was a big boy when he was young, he didn’t box until he was 15 because he couldn’t get around
“So he said (to the kids) some of you are where I was at that age and look what I’ve achieved. So imagine what else you could do.”
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Fury has also been impressed with the gym and the number of fights it organizes for its members.
He also commended the work Billingham is doing to promote mental health awareness and was impressed with the courses for people with disabilities.
Worth added: “He was also very impressed with the boxing club. He was a great encouragement to all coaches and so was his father John.
“He thanked us for what we do and said it’s amazing to see the difference we’re making. At the club we also run courses for children with autism and courses for people with Parkinson’s disease and we hold workshops on mental health.
“They thought it was great what we do.
“It’s good that he gives advice to young people because he didn’t have to come to the gym, he did it on his own, he wanted to come and see.”
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