His cousin was killed with a knife in his neck, boxing star Tyson Fury writes at the weekend. The Brit, who resigned as undefeated heavyweight world champion in April, is appealing to his government to take a more determined stance against the "pandemic" of knife violence.
Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has called on the British government to take more decisive action against knife violence after the violent death of his cousin. "My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the neck," said the British WBC world champion in online networks. Given the scale of deaths caused by knife attacks, Fury spoke of a "pandemic" that "you don't know how bad it is until it hits one of your own people!"
British police confirmed that Fury's 31-year-old cousin Rico Burton was stabbed to death in Altrincham near Manchester on Sunday night. A 17-year-old was also seriously injured in the incident. Two suspects, aged 20 and 21, were arrested. Investigators assumed Burton was out with friends and was the victim of a "senseless" and "unplanned" attack.
The number of stabbings recorded by police in England and Wales has increased by 10% in a year. Between March 2021 and March of this year, more than 49,000 crimes involving knives were registered.
Tyson Fury became the first undefeated heavyweight world champion since boxing legend Rocky Marciano to resign in April after a fight against Dillian Whyte.