Tyson Fury is used to “touching hands, touching hands” before fights.
But he’s going to “reach, touch, touch you” as he trades the boxing ring for the recording studio, all in the name of charity.
The two-time world heavyweight champion will release a cover of Neil Diamond’s classic ‘Sweet Caroline’ in November in aid of men’s mental health organization Talk Club.
Fury is no stranger to the microphone. Before or after the fights, he released songs like ‘American Pie’, ‘Walking in Memphis’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’. He also appeared on Robbie Williams’ 2019 Christmas album, dueting on the song ‘Bad Sharon’.
Fury says he has always felt a connection with ‘Sweet Caroline’. The song has become a favorite among English fans at sporting events in recent years, having been played and sung at a variety of sports, from football and darts to cricket and the NFL.
100% of the proceeds from Fury’s debut solo single will go to Talk Club. The charity is “a speaking and listening club for men, offering speaking groups, sports groups and therapy to help keep them mentally fit”.
Fury has been open about his mental health struggles in the past and has used his mental health advocacy as one of the most successful fighters in recent years.
“Boxing has been a huge platform for me to spread the word about mental health and I’ve done it as best I can,” the 34-year-old said in a press release announcing the single.
“I’ve been very vocal about my mental health struggles, especially since coming back. There’s been a lot of press about my ups and downs, so I’ve tried to keep talking about it as much as I can and try to break down the stigma.’
Talk Club founders Ben Akers and Gavin Thorpe said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men in the UK under the age of 50. Tyson Fury is the champion, inside and outside the ring, for many of these men.
“Men see themselves in Tyson, so when he talks (or sings) they listen. So partnering with Tyson to raise awareness of Talk Club and get men talking and improving their mental health will save lives.”
The song will be released on November 11, ahead of the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. Fury said.
He added: “If it helps England on their way to the World Cup, that’s an added bonus.”
The song will be released through Warner Music UK’s EastWest Records.
Fury will fight Derek Chisora, with Fury’s WBC World Heavyweight Championship on the line, in a trilogy fight at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3.