Retired heavyweight boxing champion of the world Tyson Fury is targeting a pub in Retford as the current owner prepares to retire.
Owner Barry Brown, 65, who has run The Brick and Tile on Moorgate for the past five years, claims Gypsy King, 34, would like to buy the pub.
The establishment is currently on the market, accepting offers of £300,000.
Mr Brown said Fury – who visited the pub twice – ‘he wants to buy it especially for his family. I think he has family in Treswell [a nearby village] and now he wants to make it one of his business interests.
“When he visited it was always when the pub was closed because he is a man who likes a bit of peace and quiet.
‘His brother-in-law is local and he was the one who told me Tyson was interested and then brought him to meet me and talk about it.’
Barry Brown, 65 (pictured), has run The Brick and Tile on Moorgate for the past five years and now wants to hand over the pub he owns entirely.
The pub is currently on the market, accepting offers of around £300,000. Mr Brown now says he has received an offer he likes – and it came from The Gypsy King
World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is set to take over a Retford pub 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, as the couple married in Doncaster.
Fury announced his retirement in August after successfully defending his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte in April.
Fury and Anthony Joshua’s representatives are now working on a contract for an all-British super fight in December.
Mr Brown said: “He is [Fury] great character and nice to meet him. Amazing how tall he is, he really has to bend over when he gets to the pub.
A lot of regulars and staff are very excited about it and he told me he doesn’t want to change much about the place.
“I built it myself because we completely renovated it when I took it over and now we have a beautiful 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 wanted to leave the place to just enjoy some time to myself.”
The Brick and Tile was built in 1880 and is now described as a ‘traditional watering hole’, boasting a billiards, darts and dominoes team. The pub does not serve food, but there are four rooms for rent upstairs.
People in Retford were mostly delighted at the news. Reuben Crossley, the new rector of the Church of St. of Swithun in Retford, moved to the town with his wife Portia three weeks ago.
The pair, who are in their 40s, said they would definitely be making a pub noise while at the wheel of the Fury. Portia Crossley said: ‘It’s very exciting and I think it will definitely be good news for Retford. I don’t know if I’d go get an autograph, but I definitely think we’ll go 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, as the couple married in Doncaster
Mr Crossley added: “I know Tyson is quite a controversial figure but he will attract a lot more interest in the city so that is a positive thing. We moved here three weeks ago and the place is nice 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 about Tyson Fury and he’ll probably bring a lot more interest to Retford. I usually drink in Idle Valley and Galway so I haven’t been to The Brick and Tile.
“But it will probably be good for the pub. I’m not sure if I’ll visit him myself as I tend to stay outside the city centre, but it will be interesting to see what he brings to Retford.”
The two-time heavyweight champion (pictured) called for tougher sentences for people convicted of knife crimes as he announced the death of his cousin
In this file photo taken in April, Britain’s Tyson Fury (R) celebrates 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 was considering setting up a stall at the market in Retford, said: “It’s definitely not going to be a problem at this place when you’ve got someone like Tyson Fury running it.”
“Having a big name like him will probably attract more people to Retford and that could be a good thing if it’s managed properly.”
Mr Brown added: “All the family are on holiday at the moment, I think in Las Vegas, but I’ve been told Tyson will be coming towards the end of next week to finish everything off.
“Initially I think he plans to be quite public to promote the place, but I think he will bring one of the family from Morecambe to run on a daily basis.
“It varies a lot, but usually with lawyers and everything, the handover takes about eight weeks. Tyson is fighting again in December so I know he hopes to be here and ready by Christmas.”
The undefeated Fury is known for regularly serenading his fans after his fight with Don McLean’s 1971 hit American Pie. Come December, The Brick and Tile Jukebox may have one song more in demand than any other.
Tyson Fury’s representatives have been contacted for comment. It comes after Fury offered £25,000 for “the UK’s largest gold cross and chain”, which the Nottinghamshire man saved from scrapping.