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Fury's cousin watched Joshua vs Usyk just before fatal stabbing

Rico Burton, a cousin of Tyson Fury, spent the final hours of his life watching Anthony Joshua's fight against Oleksandr Usyk before he was fatally stabbed.

The 32-year-old was stabbed in the neck in Altrincham just three hours after Usyk has retained his world heavyweight titles with a split decision victory over Joshua.

Paramedics couldn't save Rico but a 17-year-old boy who was also attacked remains in hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Two men, aged 21 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Rico had been watching the fight at the Church Inn in Flixton before heading into Manchester with friends for a night out on Saturday.

A 75-year-old man named Jim Flanagan was in the same pub and he talked to The Sun about Burton and the Fury family.

"I've known the whole family for 30 years or more. Rico was my friend, he was just a lovely man. He used to walk up and down the lane with his phone and we would always have a chat," Flanagan said.

"When I went out last night, and we came up here they were all here, they had all come out to watch the fight. As soon as I walked over Rico walked up to me, and gave me the biggest hug, and then bought me a pint.

Fury shared the news on Instagram along with a message imploring people not to carry knives and a direct call for action from the UK Government.

"This is becoming ridiculous - idiots carry knives. This needs to stop." Fury also called on the government to "bring back higher sentencing for knife crime.

"It's a pandemic. You don't know how hard it is until it's one of your own. Life is very precious and it can be taken away very quick. Enjoy every moment.

"RIP Rico Burton - may the lord God grant you a good place in heaven, see you soon."

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