Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Not a Celebrity - Get Me in There! ; Heavyweight Fury Considering Stint in Big Brother in Bid to Raise Profile

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Not a Celebrity - Get Me in There! ; Heavyweight Fury Considering Stint in Big Brother in Bid to Raise Profile

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IRST it was David Haye in the Jungle - - but the next heavyweight reality star could be Tyson Fury. The undefeated former British champion is open to the idea of taking part in the next series of Celebrity Big Brother.

M.E.N. Sport exclusively revealed this year how Fury had been approached by producers for a previous series of the Channel 5 show.

And the 24-year-old believes a stint on the reality programme in January would be a good way to show his softer side.

Fury is tipped to become Britain's first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis.

But just last month the Wilmslow fighter spoke of his struggles to get the backing of his local support in Manchester in the manner of Ricky Hatton.

Former two-weight world champion Haye (pictured) entered the latest series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! And he hopes the exposure to a new audience will help him secure a WBC title shot against Vitali Klitschko.

Fury is also seeking his first world title fight in 2013 and can understand Haye's decision to enter the jungle.

"I think it is a good idea and a good way to get him back into the public eye," said Fury.

"He wants a big fight with Klitschko and maybe he sees it as his best opportunity.

"I was supposed to go into Big Brother before, but I'm a boxer - not a celebrity. I like to see myself as a boxer."

Still, Fury is trying to find a way to connect with the public at large. He is happy to play up to his role as a villain - most recently launching a verbal assault on British champion David Price.

But he believes fans will see there is more to him than trash talk if he enters the House.

"It would be a good idea to see the other side of me," he said.

"People who do know me know that I'm not a bad guy. It could be a good idea if there is an opportunity to go on in January.

"They'd purposely put people in there to annoy me and mess me around - it would be either make or break. But if I ever do go in, it would be entertaining."

Fury is one of a select group of British boxers hoping to fill the void left by Hatton's retirement. …

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