World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will trade gloves for a microphone with the release of his first single, a new version of Neil’s “Sweet Caroline.” Diamond, for charity.
The 34-year-old British boxer, who has already sung in fights and duetted with Robbie Williams, will release the track, a crowd favorite at sporting events, on November 11 in support of the health charity male mental Talk Club.
“I’ve always loved ‘Sweet Caroline’ and I’m excited to record and release it,” Fury said in a statement, noting that the single will be out just in time for the World Cup in Qatar.
Fury shocked boxing fans in 2015 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and WBO belts. But he later struggled with mental health and substance abuse that derailed his career.
“Boxing has been a great platform to spread mental health and I’ve done it to the best of my ability,” said Fury, who will face Derek Chisora in December.
“A lot has been published about my ups and downs, so I’ve done my best to keep talking about it as much as I can and keep trying to break the stigma.”