Liam O’Prey: ‘Murder suspect’, 21, appears in court to deny stabbing Tyson Fury’s cousin, 31, to death outside bar

A man has denied murdering heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury’s cousin.

Liam O’Prey, 21, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Rico Burton, 31, at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Burton was stabbed outside an Altrincham bar early on Sunday, August 21.

O’Pray also denied intentionally injuring a 17-year-old youngster who was gravely hurt during the encounter.

Liam O'Prey

O’Prey, wearing a grey jumper, admitted possession of a bladed article and possession of cocaine.

He was remanded in detention pending his preliminary trial on February 6, 2019.

Rico, an ex-youth boxer, had been watching the Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk fight with friends on August 20 before moving to a different pub in beautiful Altrincham.

After a brawl allegedly broke out, emergency personnel were called to the Goose Green area early the next morning.

Rico was rushed to hospital but sadly couldn’t be saved and was declared dead shortly after.

Following the incident, officers detained O’Prey and a 20-year-old male on charges of murder.

The second suspect has been released on bail pending the outcome of the investigation.

Fury previously called on the government to “introduce higher sentencing for knife crime” after his cousin was “stabbed in the neck.”

Liam O'Prey

“My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the throat,” the heavyweight boxing champion posted on Instagram.

“This is becoming ridiculous… idiots carry knives. This needs to stop.”

He added: “ASAP, UK government needs to bring higher sentencing for knife crime.

“It’s a pandemic and you don’t know how bad it is until one of your own.

“Life is very precious and it can be taken away very quick. Enjoy every moment.”