TYSON Fury says he loves Morecambe promenade but he’s not as impressed with our football team.
The British and Commonwealth Heavyweight boxing champion has been talking about his new home town ahead of his big televised fight this weekend.
Fury, who moved to the resort last month, said: “Morecambe is a small town and I know everyone already.
“I get great support from them – it’s not every day you get a heavyweight champion moving in.
“And the football team isn’t very good so I’m the only celebrity in town.”
The unbeaten giant, a Manchester United fan, recently said he would like to box at Morecambe FC’s ground the Globe Arena.
The Shrimps, currently fifth in League 2, are also on live TV this weekend playing Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday in the FA Cup First Round.
Fury (16-0, 11 KOs) told the Manchester Evening News: “Every day I go for a run along the promenade and it’s beautiful.
“I’ve got the sea to one side and all that fresh air.
“I don’t think I’ve managed to get through a run yet without someone stopping me for a photograph or a chat.
“But that’s much better than if no one wanted to talk to me.
“I was living at the back of my uncle’s house in a static home in Lancaster like a hermit. What’s the point?
“I’ve already got my favourite places where I’ll go for a coffee or something to eat. I could get free drinks and meals, but I’m not like that. I don’t take advantage.”
As Fury’s profile continues to rise, former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison has said he would like to fight the 17-years younger champion.
Strictly Come Dancing star Harrison, 40, whose last fight was a three-round defeat to David Haye in November 2010, wants the Morecambe man as his comeback opponent next year.
Fury fights unbeaten Canadian Neven Pajkic in Manchester on Saturday night,
Tickets for Fury v Pajkic, starting at £30, are on sale from and may be purchased via Hennessy Sports Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketline.co.uk 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 847 2500 and online at www.hennessysports.com
The fight is at Event City, Trafford Park, Manchester, and live on Channel 5 from 9.45pm.
‘ERE TYSON, YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY CELEB IN TOWN
Here are some other famous Morecambe people our heavyweight hero might not be aware of...
Paul Hayes - Antiques dealer known as “Mr Morecambe”, star of BBC daytime TV shows like Cash in the Attic and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
John McGuinness - Motorcycling legend who is second on the all-time list of the greatest ever Isle of Man TT riders
Cherylee Houston - Britain’s best known disabled actress for her role as factory machinist Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street
The Heartbreaks - Super-talented indie pop band tipped to become household names when their debut album Funtimes comes out next year
Eric Morecambe - The country’s best-loved comedian of all-time whose image and memory lives on in the town through the statue, the Eric Bartholomew Wetherspoon’s pub, Eric’s Cafe, the Bring Me Sunshine bus, etc etc etc
AND...Morecambe FC - Promotion-chasing League 2 club whose notable scalps in recent years include Preston North End, Coventry City, Wolves and hopefully Sheffield Wednesday this Sunday. Not bad for a club that’s supposedly ‘not very good’...