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Retired world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has his sights set on a pub in Retford as the current owner prepares for his retirement.
Landlord Barry Brown, 65, who has run The Brick and Tile on Moorgate for the past five years, claims the 34-year-old Gypsy King would like to buy the pub.
The establishment is currently on the market with offers in the region of £300,000 being accepted.
Mr Brown said Fury – who has visited the pub twice -‘wants to buy it mainly for his family. I think he has some family in Treswell [a nearby village] and he now wants to make this one of his business interests.
‘When he comes to visit, it’s always when the pub is closed, because he’s a man who likes a little quiet.
“His brother-in-law is nearby and he was the one who told me Tyson was interested, and then he brought him in to meet me and talk about it.”
Barry Brown (pictured), 65, has been running The Brick and Tile on Moorgate for the past five years but is now looking to hand over the pub, which he fully owns.
The pub is currently on the market, with offers being accepted in the region of £300,000. Mr Brown now says he got an offer he likes – and it’s from The Gypsy King
World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will take over a pub in Retford as the current owner prepares to retire
Fury, 34, was born in Manchester and lives with his family almost three hours away in Morecambe. But he has more local connections through his wife Paris, with the couple who tied the knot in Doncaster.
Fury announced his retirement in August after successfully defending his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte in April.
And the reps for Fury and Anthony Joshua are now working on a contract for an all-British superfight for December.
Mr Brown said, ‘He’s… [Fury] a great character and it was nice to meet him. It’s amazing how tall he is, he really has to bend down when he enters the pub.
“Many regulars and employees are very enthusiastic about it and he told me he doesn’t want to change much about the place.
‘I built it myself as we did a full refurb when I took it on and we now have a nice lounge on one side of the bar and a sports bar on the other. I’m an ex-miner and I’m 65 now so I was looking to get out of the place just to have some time to myself.”
The Brick and Tile was built in 1880 and is now described as a ‘traditional watering hole’, with a pool, darts and domino team. The pub does not serve food and upstairs there are four rental rooms.
People in Retford were especially excited about the news. Reuben Crossley, the new rector of St Swithun’s Church in Retford, moved to the city with his wife Portia three weeks ago.
The couple, who are in their 40s, said they would make sure to pop into the pub under Fury’s helm. Portia Crossley said: “That’s very exciting and I think it’s good news for Retford. I don’t know if I’d go for an autograph, but I’m sure we’re going in out of curiosity.”
Jewelery-loving boxer Tyson Fury (pictured) was born in Manchester and lives in Morecambe with his family. But he has more local connections through his wife Paris, with the couple who tied the knot in Doncaster
Mr Crossley added: ‘I know Tyson is quite a controversial character but it will draw a lot more interest in the city so it’s a positive thing. We moved here three weeks ago and it’s a beautiful city and this will be a good addition.’
Pete Hynes, 69, who lives in Retford, said: ‘I’m not a big boxing fan but I’ve heard of Tyson Fury and it may spark a lot more interest in Retford. I usually drink in the Idle Valley and the Galway so haven’t been to The Brick and Tile in years.
“But this is probably good for the pub. I’m not sure I’ll visit myself as I tend to stay out of the city center but it will be interesting to see what he brings to Retford.’
The two-time heavyweight champion (pictured) called for tougher sentences for those convicted of knife offenses when he announced his cousin’s death
In this file photo, taken in April, Britain’s Tyson Fury (R) is celebrating after knocking out Britain’s Dillian Whyte in the sixth round to win their WBC heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in west London
Andrew Sharp, 56, who was visiting from Doncaster and looking to set up a stall in Retford market, said: ‘There certainly won’t be any problems there if someone like Tyson Fury runs it.
“Having a big name like him will probably attract more people to Retford and that could be a good thing as long as it’s taken care of.”
Mr Brown added: ‘The whole family is currently on vacation, I think in Las Vegas, but I’ve been told Tyson will be in by the end of next week to wrap things up.
“At first I think he plans to go to the public to promote the place, but I think he will bring one of the family from Morecambe to run the day-to-day business.
‘It varies quite a bit, but usually a delivery to lawyers and everything takes about eight weeks. Tyson is fighting again in December so I know he hopes to be here and start by Christmas.”
The undefeated Fury is known for regularly serenading his fans after a battle with Don McLean’s 1971 hit American Pie. In December, The Brick and Tile jukebox may have more demand for one song than any other.
Tyson Fury representatives have been contacted for comment. It comes after Fury has offered to pay £25,000 for the ‘largest gold cross and chain in the UK’, which saved a Nottinghamshire man from breaking up.