"Devastated" was the word used by Peter Fury to describe the mood of his nephew, former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, upon learning that his Morecambe home had been subjected to an arson attack.
Eurosport reports that the attack occurred on Sunday evening while Fury was away on his training schedule, with Peter Fury quoted as saying:
Tyson is devastated. It’s absolutely crazy. Somebody could have got hurt. We don’t really know the extent of the damage because we’re not there, although Tyson has spoken to the fire brigade.
It might be up to £20,000 worth of damage.
The report states that two of Tyson's cars, a Volkswagen Passat and a BMW estate, had been torched by the culprits.
The fighter's wife, Paris, along with children Venezuela and Prince, were away with Fury in Cannes at the time of the incident, which isn't alleged to have caused any injury.
Boxing Asylum's Tommy Allan didn't beat around the bush in voicing his opinion on what he feels should happen to those responsible:
Just reading about the coward who targeted @Tyson_Fury home. Hope the big fella finds them before the cops. They need a kicking not jail— Tommy Allan (@TomBoxingAsylum) February 11, 2014
Fury's uncle went on to say:
Tyson has had threatening text messages as well. He’s just a young kid who is earning his money in the right way in the ring. There’s no words for it really. But he’s taking it in his stride. You’ve got to get on with things.
Fury has always been something of a controversial character in the way he goes about his business. The 25-year-old infamously announced his retirement over Twitter back in November, which rubbed some people the wrong way.
That being said, regardless of how one feels over the way a sportsman—or any figure in the public eye—represents him or herself, the arson accusation comes as an extremely bitter revelation.
Fury, who is a perfect 21-0 with 15 knockouts, is set to fight American Joey Abell at London's Copper Box Arena this coming Saturday. It will be his first bout since signing a promotion deal with Frank Warren, per Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph, and coming out of his short-lived spell on the sidelines.
Abell (29-7, 28 KO) lost his last bout against Kubrat Pulev by fifth-round TKO in December, so Fury will look to hand him back-to-back losses.
Fury will have to overcome any emotional struggles that may have been caused by the arson attack. He'll need full focus if he's to make a successful return to the ring.