Tyson Luke Fury was born on August 12, 1988 in Manchester, England. Fury was born three months premature and weighed only one pound. He was given the name Tyson after the then heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson. Fury grew up around the gym as his father, John Fury Sr. Was a professional boxer at the time. Fury was born into an Anglo-Irish traveling family and hence gained the nickname “the Gypsy King”. At the age of 10 Fury left school to help his fathers business and expand his boxing skills.
At 14, Fury joined an amateur boxing club and began to show off his naturally gifted talent. He was also already 6’5” and beginning to show some punching power. As an amateur boxer he fought for both England and Ireland. In 2006, The Gypsy King won bronze at the AIBA youth boxing championships and won the EU junior championship for England the following year. In 2008 he was skipped over for the Beijing Olympics as England selected David Price instead. This prompted Fury, who had an amateur record of 31 (26 KO)-4 to fight professionally.
Fury made his professional debut in December 2008 with a win of Bela Gyongyosi. He went on to win the next seven fights by knockout within the first four rounds. During this time he met his now wife Paris Fury and they have four children together. The Gypsy King eventually ran his record to 14-0 and took on Dereck Chisora who was also undefeated. Fury, won by unanimous decision and took home the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. In 2015, Fury fought Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and won to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. However, just ten days after winning the title he was stripped for not following fight contract requirements.
Fury was supposed to rematch Klitschko in 2016 but was charged for nandrolone and later failed for cocaine. He also came forward with depression and a type of bipolar disorder. He binged with drinking and eating and ballooned up to 400 pounds. To this day he says he wouldn’t change a thing and it shaped him to the man he is today. In October of 2017 he knew he had to change and started to get professional help.
As 2018 rolls around Fury lost over 100 pounds, worked on his mental health, and got sober. I’m June of 2018 Fury came back to the ring and one an easy comeback fight. He again fought two months later and won, which led him to his first battle with Deontay Wilder in December of 2018. The Gypsy King was knocked down twice in this fight and it ended in a draw. He then walked through two more battles and again came face to face with Deontay Wilder AKA “the bronze bomber”. In round 7 Fury won by TKO and became a heavyweight champion for a second time. A remarkable feat especially with the comeback that left all boxing fans in awe. The pair would meet one more time in a trilogy that saw both men knocked down. Eventually the Gypsy King knocked Wilder out in the eleventh round and he retained the title. The King remained on top once again.
In the words of Fury “I’ll never come back” rings through recent interviews before his Dillian Whyte title defense on April 23. The King knocked Whyte out with a vicious 6th round uppercut and again held the WBC strap around his waist. He stated this will be his final fight and although still young, he has accomplished everything he wanted in the sport of boxing. Tyson Fury finished his career 32(23 KOs)-0-1. He rose to the top of the mountain, fell back to earth, and was able to climb that same mountain once again. Some fighters strive for greatness and never achieve their goal, yet this man was able to complete this feat twice.
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