Tyson Fury

  • WINS
  • Losses
  • Draws
  • ko's
  • Alias
    The Gypsy King
  • Height
  • Reach
  • Division
  • Heavyweight
  • Age
  • 35
  • Country
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • Born in
  • Manchester
  • 70.59%
  • Bouts
  • 36
  • 242
  • Stance
  • O

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Early Life and Amateur Career


Tyson Fury, born on August 12, 1988, in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, comes from a family deeply entrenched in the tradition of boxing. Named after the then-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson by his father John Fury, himself a professional boxer and trainer, Tyson was introduced to the world of boxing at a very young age. The Fury family, of Irish Traveller heritage, has a long history in the sport, with a legacy of bare-knuckle fighters and professional boxers that shaped Tyson’s early exposure and interest in boxing.


Growing up in a challenging environment that revered physical strength and fighting prowess, Tyson was nurtured to be a fighter. Despite being born premature and weighing just 1 pound, his father predicted that Tyson would grow up to be nearly 7 feet tall and fight like a heavyweight champion, a prophecy that would indeed come true. Tyson’s upbringing was steeped in the rigors of training, with his father taking a hands-on role in coaching him, laying the groundwork for his future in boxing.


Fury’s amateur career was both successful and instrumental in his development as a boxer. He represented both Ireland and England at international competitions due to his family’s heritage. In 2006, he won the ABA super-heavyweight title, which marked a significant milestone in his amateur career. This victory opened up opportunities for him at the national level and he quickly made a name for himself with his unique fighting style and imposing physique.


Fury’s amateur record was impressive, culminating in a total of 31 wins out of 35 fights. His amateur career provided him with crucial ring experience and exposure to a variety of fighting styles, preparing him well for the professional circuit. Notably, Fury participated in the European Junior Championships and narrowly missed qualification for the 2008 Olympics, a disappointment that only fueled his determination to succeed in the professional ranks.


Professional Career


Tyson Fury, born on August 12, 1988, in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, is one of the most charismatic and unpredictable figures in the world of professional boxing. Known as “The Gypsy King” due to his Irish Traveller heritage, Fury has carved out a unique space in heavyweight boxing with his exceptional skills and flamboyant personality.


Fury’s professional career began on December 6, 2008, when he won his first bout against Bela Gyongyosi. This victory marked the start of a rapid ascent in the heavyweight division, characterized by a series of wins that showcased his versatility and boxing prowess. Over the years, Fury accumulated a string of victories that led him to his first world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko on November 28, 2015. In a masterful display of boxing, Fury outpointed Klitschko in Düsseldorf, Germany, to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles. This victory was a significant upset, as Klitschko had been a dominant figure in the heavyweight division for over a decade.


However, Fury’s career faced a tumultuous period following his victory over Klitschko. Struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse, he vacated his titles in 2016 and took a hiatus from boxing. His return to the ring came on June 9, 2018, against Sefer Seferi, which reignited his career and began his comeback journey.


The most notable fight during his comeback was against Deontay Wilder. The first bout took place on December 1, 2018, and ended in a controversial split draw, despite Fury outboxing Wilder for most of the fight but getting knocked down twice. The draw set the stage for a highly anticipated rematch, which occurred on February 22, 2020. In the rematch, Fury dominated Wilder, knocking him down twice before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. This victory earned Fury the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.


In 2021, a third fight with Wilder was mandated after an arbitration judge ruled in favor of Wilder’s camp for a contracted trilogy fight. The trilogy took place on October 9, 2021, in Las Vegas, where Fury overcame two knockdowns in the fourth round to ultimately knock out Wilder in the eleventh round, conclusively ending their rivalry and affirming his dominance.


Moving forward, Fury continued to defend his title. In 2022, he faced Dillian Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium. Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title with a spectacular uppercut knockout in the sixth round in front of a home crowd. Post-fight, he hinted at retirement but remained active in the boxing scene for potential big-ticket fights.


Fury continued his undefeated streak by beating MMA fighter Francis Ngannou via split decision on October 28, 2023.


Notable Quotes:


“I will become the greatest, because all travelers have to be able to adapt. That quality, adaptability, is essential to that way of life. Not many boxers have it but I can adapt before a fight to the opponent, during the fight if necessary.”


“All I care about is providing and living every day. I don’t care about world titles, being a legend, or being a hero.”


“Any man who puts a pair of gloves on deserves respect because lots wouldn’t dream of it. To get in there and go one-on-one, you need your hand shaking afterwards. Many men wouldn’t get involved.”