‘I get called a pikey t**t when I drive down the road’: Tyson Fury speaks out on racism again as he reveals he suffers hateful abuse ‘all the time’ due to his traveller background
- Tyson Fury has given more insight into the racist abuse he is subjected to
- Fury, the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’, celebrates his traveller background
- But he says he receives regular racist abuse while simply going about his life
- Fury has been outspoken on racism amid the Black Lives Matter protests
- The world boxing champion insists white people suffer from racist abuse too
Tyson Fury has again revealed shocking details about the racist abuse he suffers due to his traveller heritage.
The British world boxing champion, nicknamed the ‘Gypsy King’, has been speaking out recently on the subject of racism amid worldwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the huge swell of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fury says that it is not only black people who suffer racial abuse, highlighting the foul taunts he is subjected to ‘all the time’.
Tyson Fury, nicknamed ‘Gypsy King’, has given fresh insight into the racism he suffers
Fury has been speaking out recently on the abuse he is subjected to due to his background
‘I’ve suffered from racial abuse my whole life, even now I still get called a pikey t**t when I drive down the road,’ he told the Daily Star.
‘I can be jogging down the road and people shout out of their car window, “You b****y pikey!”. Then they just drive on.
‘I don’t care, it’s just a part of life. I suffer with it all the time, always have done, always will do, sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.
‘People will say, “Why don’t you stand up for equality for your own race of people?”
‘There’s only one race, and that’s the human race and I stand up for the human race all the time.’
Speaking on speaking on Good Morning Britain on the subject of racism earlier this month, Fury, 31, revealed that he had been refused entry to a restaurant because of his traveller background.
‘I’m a white male, but I suffer racism in 2020, as a white person, because I’m a traveller and I come from a ethnic background,’ Fury said.
‘Even today, you go into pubs, bars and restaurants and it may say on the door: “We reserve the right not to let travellers in. No travellers allowed, gypsies or travellers.” It’s not just black people who suffer racism.
‘I think travellers are the most acceptable form of racism, in Britain and in the world at the moment. It’s still acceptable to be racist towards travellers – nothing ever gets done about it, no one ever says anything it, it’s just accepted. That’s it, it is what it is.
‘It’s terrible because you can’t judge everybody with the same brush. ‘To have such things go on in my life, and everything that I’ve been through, to see that on boards or whatever…
‘It said: “No gypsies allowed.” I said: “What you talking about?”. And they said: “No gypsies allowed.”
‘I said: “I’m a world heavyweight champion boxer representing this country, I’m not just some gypsy.” And she said: “Yeah but you are a traveller, no travellers allowed.”‘
Fury and his wife Paris are both from the travelling community, and he says he is abused for it
The WBC world boxing champion says people regularly hurl racist abuse at him on the street
Fury, the WBC world heavyweight champion, has also been outspoken on mental health issues. He is fighting an ongoing battle with depression, has a history of alcohol and drug binges and large weight gain, and has in the past even contemplated killing himself.
He battled back from that awful low to beat Deontay WIlder in February to become the world champion for the second time.