Tyson Fury travels 300 miles to attend funeral of well-known gypsy whose mourning sons are friends with dad John

TYSON FURY joined a mass of mourners at the funeral of a well-known Romany gypsy.

The WBC heavyweight world champ travelled 300 miles from his home in Morecambe to Dorset to pay his respects to the late Michael White who died aged 80.

Mr White's sons, Michael, 58, and Tony, 56, are close friends with Tyson's dad John and they saw the future boxing champion grow up.

Michael White jnr said: "When we moved to Chesterfield were only about 13 years old and all joined a boxing club.

"We met John Fury and we have been very close since.

"We watched Tyson grow up and when he was 12 I remember his father say to people that he was going to be a future world champion.

"He is now a superstar, but he wanted to pay his respects.

"The compassion of Tyson to travel from Morecombe to visit people he has grown up with was amazing.

"He was showing not only respect to us as a family, but also respect to his own father by coming with him."

The traditional funeral included 14 horses that led the procession which hundreds of people lined the streets of Christchurch to view.

The service was held at historic Christchurch Priory.

Fury, meanwhile, is waiting to find out what his next fight will be as boxing bounces back after the coronavirus pandemic.

He is set for a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder after battering the American into his first ever loss in February.

But Wilder has had surgery on his bicep and it is not known when he is back to full training.

And of course the sensational news broke last month that the Gypsy King had agreed a two fight deal against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in 2021.

Joshua holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight straps.

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