Tyson Fury takes swipe at F1 star Lewis Hamilton over tax affairs

Tyson Fury has aimed a jibe at British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton over his tax affairs.

Fury is currently in Las Vegas having been forced to delay his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder until October 9 following an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Brit's training camp.

Fury is a two-time heavyweight world champion having beaten Wilder at the second attempt early last year.

And he believes his achievements are being overlooked as he absolved himself of any blame over the postponement of his third fight with Wilder.

"Unlike Lewis Hamilton I live and pay taxes which went up to £9 million last year." Fury told the Daily Mail.

Despite the dig aimed at Hamilton, HMRC statistics, published in 2019, put Hamilton among the top 5,000 highest tax payers in the UK despite living abroad for the majority of his racing career.

Hamilton has been criticised heavily in the past for reportedly 'not paying taxes in the UK' as he lives predominantly in Monaco, but has previously leapt to his own defence stating that he does in fact pay money to the UK in taxes.

“What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here [in the UK], but I don’t earn all my money here," Hamilton said to The Sunday Times back in 2014.

“I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.

"I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed."

Fury's outburst came after being frustrated at his lack of awards in the UK following his 'Boxer of the Year' award at the ESPYs in America.

The 32-year-old was voted in the nominees for the Sports Personality of the Year award in the UK last year, but was asked to be remove from the list announcing his boycott and encouraging fans to also not vote for him.

“Hi, this is Tyson Fury the Gypsy King, and this is a message for the BBC on their SPOTY award," he said on Instagram.

“Please take me off your list as I am the people’s champion and have no need for verification or any awards.

“I know who I am and what I have done in sport, the love of the people is worth more to me than all the awards in the world."

Fury also defended himself and his team after the cancellation, rubbishing speculation that the fight was called off for any reason other than the outbreak.

"I'm the last person to blame," Fury added. "The only people whose movements I couldn't completely control were my sparring partners, who change.

"They came in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this town is full of Covid, I suspect we caught it from one of them."

Fury's promotional stablemate Joe Joyc, meanwhile, is set to take the ring tomorrow night where he faces Carlos Takam looking to put himself in pole position for a shot at WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Source: Read Full Article