30 Splendid Facts About Tyson Fury Every Fan Should Know

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Tyson Fury, a two-time world heavyweight champion, ranked as the world's best active heavyweight, the second-best active boxer, by BoxRec, ESPN and TBRB, has had one tough journey to stardom, filled with ups and downs. The professional boxer, who started off in the limelight with his WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring titles, went down the path of alcoholism, recreational drug use and extreme weight gain. Despite being stripped of all the titles, he redeemed himself and conquered again, with a very powerful and dominating performance. Here are some interesting facts about Fury, who has seen almost everything in the world:

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  1.  Since his comeback to the ring, he had been dubbed as “The People’s Champion,” for his open and honest discussions about his mental health struggles.
  2.  He has often expressed his interest in entering the Mixed Martial Arts, and even had a training session with Darren Till in November 2019.
  3.  Following his training session, Till claimed that there is a 70% chance of Fury competing in MMA. Former UFC champion Conor McGregor has even offered to train him, if he wishes to crossover to MMA.
  4.  He was nominated for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, but was soon faced with a petition signed by 140,000 people, requesting to disqualify him citing his words from the past about homosexuality.
  5.  Still, he was placed in the fourth position in the SPOTY Award. Fury at the ceremony, apologized for whatever he had said in the past, explaining that he didn’t intent to hurt anyone.
  6.  Tyson Luke Fury was born three months premature on August 12, 1988, to John Fury and Amber, in Manchester. At the time of his birth, he weighted just 1 pound – 450 g.
  7.  His father and paternal grandfather were from Tuam, while his mother was born in Belfast. Fury is of Gaelic origin, having got their surname from ó Fiodhabhra.
  8.  Being a descent of Irish Travellers, he has always had problems in gaining dual citizenship, as his father John’s birth in County Galway was only recorded through baptism, and not officially with the state.
  9.  He was named after Mike Tyson, the heavyweight world champion at that time, as his father felt him to be a fighter surviving the premature birth.
  10.  Before his birth, doctors gave up hope and told his father that there was not much chance for the child to survive. John had already lost two daughters in the same way.
  11.  His mother has had a total of 14 pregnancies, out of which only 4 children survived. When Tyson was 9 years old, his mother gave birth to a baby girl in December 1997, and named her – Ramona. The baby girl died within days, and Fury claims that experience to have stuck with him.
  12.  He secured a five-fight contract with ESPN and Top Rank worth $100 million, and returned to the ring with his fight against the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (24–0, 16 KOs) on June 15, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
  13.  His autobiography “Behind the Mask: My Autobiography” was released on November 14, 2019. The book reached the number-one bestseller position on Amazon with in just 24 hours.
  14.  On October 12, 2020, it was announced that he was foregoing the most famous trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, as the organizers were not able to set a date for the rematch in 2020.
  15.  Fury is famous for his impromptu singing while in boxing ring, mostly after matches and sometimes during promotional events. He has garnered much media attention with his singing.
  16.  At the age of 11, he quit schooling, and joined his father and three brothers in tarmacking roads. He also began boxing at the age of 10.
  17.  He was trained by his own father until 2011, with his father being a professional boxer with a record of 8-4-1. After his father, he was trained by his uncle Hughie Fury until 2014, when the elder passed away.
  18.  Then his uncle Peter Fury, who once had an extensive illegal empire in England, trained him in preparation for his fight with Wladimir Kitschko.
  19.  His brother Tommy made his professional debut in December 2018, while many of his cousins are also professional boxers like heavyweights Hughie Fury and Nathan Gorman, light heavyweight contender Hosea Burton, and retired EBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee.
  20.  He was featured as a guest vocalist on the song “Bad Sharon” from the album “The Christmas Present” by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams.
  21.  He has been open about the racial abuse he receives as a Gypsy world champion, and has stated that there is a bias against his community.
  22.  He made an appearance in an angle on WWE's debut of "Smackdown" on October 4, 2019, on Fox, and stared down Braun Strowman, who layer threw Dolph Ziggler at him.
  23.  It was announced by The WWE that Fury will have an open mic in the October 7, 2019 episode of RAW, in which he demanded an apology from Strowman, leading to the two trading insults at each other.
  24.  In an episode of Monday Night Raw on October 15, 2019, a contract of match to be held at WWE Crown Jewel, between Fury and Strowman was signed. Fury easily defeated Strowman by Countout in the match, and for his participation, earned around $15 million.
  25.  When he was 17 years old, he met Paris Mullroy, who was just 15 years old, raised in an Irish Traveller family. They started dating in the year 2006, and got married in 2008 at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
  26.  The couple have five children - three sons and two daughters - Venezuela and Valencia Amber, while Paris also suffered two miscarriage in 2014 and 2018. They currently reside in Morecambe, Lancashire.
  27.  All of his sons have the first name Prince - Prince Tyson Fury II, Prince Adonis Amaziah, and Prince John James. He has named the sons as Prince, as he is the King, and they are the princes, until they earn their rightful name.
  28.  He was featured in a four-part ITV documentary named "Meet the Furys," that revolved around the Fury family, during his preparation to fight in Las Vegas for the very first time.
  29.  Another documentary "Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King" was commissioned by ITV again, which followed him and his family, while he was preparing for the Wilder rematch.
  30.  Fury is the ambassador of “The Frank Bruno Foundation,” a mental health charity, founded by the former British world champion Frank Bruno.
  31.  Tyson Fury Net Worth: $30 Million

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