• Heavyweight

Fury reveals gunpoint arrest in Rotterdam

ESPN staff
June 28, 2012
Tyson Fury fights Vinny Maddalone on July 7 © PA Photos

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has spoken of how he was arrested by Dutch police who suspected he was involved in a bank robbery and murder.

The incident happened recently in Rotterdam, where Fury is training for a meeting with Vinny Maddalone on July 7.

Fury had his clothes taken away as he was banished to a cell, before later being released without charge.

"I couldn't believe it," Fury told the Sun. "Me, my trainer and three more of my team were ordered to stop in my BMW. There were eight police shouting and pointing their guns at us.

"The police helicopter was whirring above us as we were ordered to lay face down in the dirt. Some guys in a bar had given the police a description of the robbers and apparently it matched us in our X5 BMW.

"I was shocked but I kept calm because I knew we had done nothing wrong. At first they didn't believe me when I said I was a British boxer. I was standing there in only my underpants telling them I had nothing to do with the robbery. Eventually, after 11 hours they allowed us to leave.

"They apologised but I walked back to the car, thinking it was the strangest thing that has ever happened to me."

Fury, 24, is unbeaten from his 18 professional contests, with his most recent win coming against Martin Rogan in April.

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