Tyson Fury to watch namesake King Fury race in Kentucky Derby

Tyson Fury swaps the boxing ring for the racecourse this weekend as his namesake races for a £1.3 million first prize in the Kentucky Derby.

The world heavyweight champion will see King Fury line up in the prestigious race on Saturday, which takes place at Churchill Downs.

Fury is currently in Las Vegas awaiting news on his £200 million clash with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.

The horse, a 33-1 outsider for the Derby, was named after him following his victory over Deontay Wilder last year.

The winner of three of his six starts, including a Grade 3 last time out, King Fury represents trainer Kenny McPeek and will be ridden by Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr in the 1m 2f event on the dirt.

McPeek offered Fury VIP tickets to watch the race and the boxer told ESPN : “It’s always something I’ve been interested in, the biggest horse race in the world.

“I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, never had the opportunity to do so. This is the opportunity to do so.

“I’m really looking forward to going down there and meeting King Fury and getting a win because we only do winning, we don’t do losing here at Gypsy King Headquarters.

“I hope it’s a big colt. I will see him Saturday – looking forward to going down there.

“I’m going to walk the horse out, of course I am. How badass would it be, you own a horse and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, the undefeated, undisputed lineal champion is walking your horse into the arena?”

There is also a horse called Tyson Fury competing in the UK and he was ninth in the St Leger, a Classic race, at Doncaster last season.

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