Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a British boxer who is famously known for his 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko, a world reigning champion to claim the WBA (Super), IBO, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles. The much-publicised win over one of the best boxers in the world who has dominated the boxing scene for a significant period shot up Tyson Fury’s reputation as one of the toughest boxers in the game. The boxer who is dubbed ‘The Furious One’ also defeated Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight title in Feb. 2020, making him a two-time heavyweight champion in the world. In this Tyson Fury biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life, we review the life and profile of the top boxer.
Tyson Fury Biography Facts, Age, Info
Full Name: Tyson Luke Fury
Nicknames: The Furious One, 2 Fast, Gypsy King
Date of Birth: 12 August 1988
Age: 32 years old
Place of Birth: Manchester, England
Height: 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Weight: 115 kg
Reach: 85 in (216 cm)
Education: Styal Primary School
Parents: John Fury (father)
Sibling: Shane Fury (brother), John Fury Jr (brother)
Spouse: Paris Fury (married 2009)
Children: Prince John James(son), Venezuela Fury (daughter)
Net Worth: $40 million
Boxing Career: 2008–present
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Tyson Fury Childhood/Early Life & Family Background
Tyson Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. He is just one of four children that survived childbirth after his mother had 14 pregnancies, but only just four survived childbirth. Fury was born prematurely, three months earlier than he should have been born. When he was born, he weighed just 1 Ib, and his chances of survival were incredibly low. He eventually survived and his father named him after former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, for defeating the odds. Fury is of Irish descent.
When Fury was 11, he dropped out of school, and began tarmacking roads, with his father and brothers. At the age of 10, Fury began boxing. It was easy for Fury to receive the much-needed training because his father formerly boxed professionally.
Tyson Fury Amateur Career
During his amateur career, Fury represented Ireland and Britain on several occasions. He trained at Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, Ireland. He later moved his training camp to Smithboro Club, located in County Monaghan. He participated in the 2006 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, where he won Bronze. Fury fought for Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in the 2006 senior national championships organized by the Amateur Boxing Association of England, where he lost to David Price. After winning the EU Junior Championship, he claimed silver at the European Junior Championship.
Despite being ranked the third amateur boxer in the world, Fury did not fight at the 2008 Olympics because each country was restricted to one boxer in each division and David Price was picked. He won the ABA super-heavyweight title in 2008, before deciding to turn pro. He concluded his amateur career with a 31-4 record.
Tyson Fury Professional Career, Boxing Records, Stats
Total Fights: 31
Wins: 30 (21 by KO)
Tyson Fury made his professional debut in 2008, against Bela Gyongyosi, a Hungarian fighter. He defeated his opponent via Technical Knockout in the first round. The fight took place in Nottingham. In the next 7 months, he fought 6 fighters and defeated them all in the first 4 rounds via knockout.
In September 2009, Fury defeated John McDermott to claim the English Heavyweight title. The bout was criticised by fans and the judgement by the referee was heavily faulted. The British Boxing Board of Control then ordered that all English title fights will have three referees. A rematch was also set. After defeating Tomas Mrazek and Hans-Joerg Blasko, he went on to fight against John McDermott and won via Technical Knockout. His win meant that he claimed the English heavyweight title for the second time.
He went on to fight in 3 more bouts which he emerged victorious in, before facing Dereck Chisora, who has never seen defeat as at the time of the bout (July 2011). The winner of the bout will be crowned the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion. The fight went down in Wembley arena, and although he was never seen as a favourite he went on to win the bout. In September 2011, he fought Nicolai Firtha in a non-title bout. Though Nicolai Firtha landed a punch which almost got Fury, he rebounded to win the fight. In November 2011, he was back into the ring, this time against Neven Pajkic, Canadian heavyweight champion. Although he was knocked down in the second round, he went on to knock down his opponent two times to emerge winner of the fight.
Fury went on to vacate his British and Commonwealth heavyweight title to compete for a world title. In April 2012, he fought Martin Rogan, for the Irish heavyweight title. He went on to defeat the veteran boxer. In July 2012, he defeated Vinny Maddalone to claim the WBO Inter-continental heavyweight title which was vacant before the fight. In December 2012, he returned to the Odyssey Arena to fight against Kevin Johnson in a WBC title eliminator bout. His victory set him in line for a bout against Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title.
In February 2013, he fought in the US for the first time, precisely the Madison Square Garden Theater, against Steve Cunningham in an IBF title eliminator to decide the number 2 fighter, in line for a chance to fight for the IBF title. He won the fight to emerge #2 in the IBF ranking, #5 in the WBO ranking, #6 in the WBC and #7 according to BoxRec rankings. Fury was set to fight against David Haye, who pulled out of the fight citing a career-threatening shoulder injury as his excuse. The bout with David Haye would have set him in line to fight an IBF final eliminator bout which will have made him a mandatory challenger for the IBF heavyweight title.
In February 2014, he fought against Joey Abell, after Gonzalo Omar Basile pulled out of the fight as a result of lung infections. He won the fight. His next fight was against Dereck Chisora, for the European and British heavyweight titles, which took place in November 2014, after months of postponements.
In February 2015, he fought Christian Hammer at the O2 Arena in London. He won the fight which was his last fight before his much-publicised fight against Wladimir Klitschko. In November 2015, he fought against Wladimir Klitschko at the Esprit Arena in Germany. After twelve rounds, Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become the new WBA (Super), IBO, WBO, IBF and Ring Heavyweight Champion. After 10 days, he was stripped of the IBF title.
In 2016, talks of a rematch between Fury and Klitschko began. In February 2016, he was charged by UK Anti-Doping with the presence of nandrolone in a sample of his blood taken 16 months ago. He also tested positive for cocaine. Fury thus went down a very emotion and depressing path following his heavyweight championships win. In October 2016, he vacated his title. He was also suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Through 2016 and 2017, he was involved in an intense legal battle with the British Boxing Board of Control over his return to boxing as his license was suspended.
In January 2018 after his license was re-instated he fought against Sefer Seferi, an Albanian fighter. After his win over Seferi, he went on to fight against Francesco Pianeta, who he defeated. These fights were arranged to set Fury in motion for a WBC heavyweight championship bout against the champion, Deontay Wilder. In December 2018, he went head to head against WBC champion, Deontay Wilder in front of 17,698 spectators. The bout which ended in a draw to the dismay of Fury’s fans generated $24 million in the US. After his fight with Wilder, Fury penned a $100 million deal with ESPN and Top Rank.
In June 2019, he went on to fight Tom Schwarz to claim the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight championship. He went on to defeat Otto Wallin in his next fight.
On 22 January 2020, Tyson Fury faced Deontay Wilder in a rematch of their 2018 boxing bout which was where Fury registered the first and only draw of his career. The rematch took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury defeated Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight title in the 7th round by technical knockout.
Tyson Fury Net Worth & Endorsement
Fury’s net worth is estimated at $80 million. He has endorsement deals with ESPN valued at £80 million, which he signed in 2019.
Tyson Fury Personal Life
Fury is married to Paris Tyson, whom he met when he was 17. The couple who got married in 2009 has 5 kids.
Fury’s family is deeply rooted in boxing. His cousins, Hughie Fury and Nathan Gorman are heavyweight boxers. His half brother, Tommy Fury is also a boxer who debuted Professionally in December 2018.
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