Tyson Fury

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Tyson Fury
Tyson fury.jpg
Fury in 2008
Real name Tyson Luke Fury
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[1]
Reach 85 in (216 cm)
Born (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 27)
Manchester, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 25
Wins by KO 18
Losses 0

Tyson Luke Fury[2] (born 12 August 1988) is a professional boxer who fights at heavyweight. In November 2015, he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become the lineal, WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine unified heavyweight champion. Fury was subsequently stripped of the IBF title for choosing not to fight their mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, upon agreeing to a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Having initially been denied the opportunity to fight for Ireland at the Olympic Games, he was permitted to represent both Great Britain and Ireland after tracing his family lineage to relatives in Belfast and Galway.[3][4] Fury has represented both England and Ireland as an amateur, winning the ABA championship in 2008 before turning professional later that year. Currently undefeated, he is a two-time former British and English champion, a former European, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight champion, as well as a former WBO Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight champion.

After winning the world titles he was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 shortlist, but attracted significant criticism relating to statements he had made which were considered sexist and homophobic.


Born and raised in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, Fury was born into a family of Irish Traveller heritage.[5] His paternal grandfather was from Tuam, County Galway, which is also the birthplace of his father John Fury.[6] The Furys of Galway are ultimately of Gaelic origin, deriving their present name from Ó Fiodhabhra.[7] His maternal grandmother is from County Tipperary and his mother was born in Belfast.[8][9] His family has a long history in boxing;[10] his father competed in the 1980s as "Gypsy" John Fury,[11] initially as a bare-knuckle fighter and unlicensed boxer, and then as a professional boxer.[12] He is a cousin of Irish former WBO World middleweight champion Andy Lee[9] and heavyweight Hughie Fury.[13] He is also a distant relative of "self-styled King of the Gypsies"[14] Bartley Gorman.[15] His father named him "Tyson" after then-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.[10]

Amateur career

As an amateur, Fury represented both Ireland and England. Fury represented Ireland three times at international level. He initially fought out of the Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland and later switched to the Smithboro Club in County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.[16] In a double international duel against an experienced Polish team in 2007, the Irish team lost 12–6 overall; Fury, however, was victorious in both his fights in Rzeszów and Białystok.[17] In another Irish match against the US, Fury won his bout by knock-out.[18]

He was forced to withdraw from the Irish national championships after officials from the Holy Trinity Boxing Club in West Belfast, the club of the then Irish amateur heavyweight champion, submitted a protest regarding his eligibility.[18][19] He won a bronze medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in 2006.[1]

In England, whilst representing Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy, he participated in the senior national championships in 2006 but was beaten by David Price 22–8.[20]

In May 2007, he won the EU Junior Championship representing England, and later lost to Maxim Babanin in the final of the European Junior Championships. As a junior, he was ranked number three in the World behind the Russians Maxim Babanin and Andrey Volkov, but lost out to David Price for a place at the Olympic Games in Beijing representing the United Kingdom.

Price was chosen for the 2008 Olympic team ahead of Fury due to Olympic rules restricting each country to one boxer per weight division. Fury also unsuccessfully tried to qualify for Ireland, and attributed his failure to qualify for the Olympics as his reason for turning professional, instead of waiting for a chance that might not have come in 2012.[19]

In the absence of Price (who won Olympic Bronze in Beijing) he became national champion (ABA) in 2008.[10]

Professional career

Fury vs. Chisora, Johnson, and Cunningham

On 23 July 2011 Fury faced undefeated heavyweight Dereck Chisora and defeated him via unanimous decision.

On 1 December 2012, Fury fought American world title contender Kevin Johnson (W28-L2-D1). Fury won via unanimous decision.

On 20 April 2013, Fury fought the highly ranked American former world Cruiserweight champion, Steve Cunningham (W25-L5) in his United States debut at Madison Square Garden. The bout was an IBF Title Eliminator to determine the Number 2 World Ranking, with the winner then needing to fight unbeaten Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev for the mandatory position for a tilt at the long reigning Ukrainian world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Cunningham came into the fight on the rebound from a controversial split decision loss to Tomasz Adamek of Poland. Fury fought wildly in the first two rounds, and was floored by Cunningham in the 2nd round. However, Fury rebounded and knocked Cunningham out for the first time in his career with a right hand in the seventh round.[21]

This win gave the 24-year-old Fury a world ranking of 7 according to Boxrec,[1] a number 2 ranking according to the International Boxing Federation, 6th with the World Boxing Council, and 5th with the World Boxing Organization.[22]

Haye negotiations and fallout

Fury was due to fight David Haye[23] on 28 September 2013. However, Haye pulled out of the fight on 21 September after sustaining a cut, which required six stitches, above the eye during training.[24] The fight was originally postponed to 8 February 2014, however, Haye was forced to pull out of the fight with a career-threatening shoulder injury, and hinted at his retirement.[25]

Fury vs. Chisora II and Hammer

Fury was due to fight rival and heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora for the second time on 26 July 2014. However, on 21 July, Chisora was forced to pull out after sustaining a fractured hand in training. Belarusian Alexander Ustinov was lined up as Chisora's replacement in the bout scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena,[26] Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill.[27] However, Fury and Chisora rescheduled the rematch for 29 November 2014; Fury won the rematch.

Fury then went on to face Christian Hammer on 28 February 2015, and also won the fight when the fight came to a halt in the 8th round via RTD.[28]

Title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko

In July 2015, it was confirmed that Fury would take part in a World Heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight titles. Although the fight was meant to take place on 24 October 2015, Klitschko sustained a calf injury and so it was put back to 28 November 2015. For this match, he trained together with the highest ranked heavyweight kickboxers in GLORY, Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi.[29]

The fight took place in Düsseldorf, Germany,[30] with Fury winning after twelve rounds by a unanimous points decision, with scores of 116–111, 115–112, 115–112.[31] On 8 December 2015, the IBF stripped Fury of his title, as the contract for the fight against Klitschko included a rematch clause and therefore precluded him from facing the IBF's mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. He had held the IBF belt for only 10 days.[32]

Personal life

Fury and his wife Paris married in 2009.[33]

He is a supporter of Premier League football club Manchester United.[34] He is a practicing Catholic.[35][36]

In September 2015 Fury expressed a desire to run as an independent candidate to be the UK Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale, opining that the government were too focused on immigrants and not enough on homeless people and those with drug and alcohol problems. He also suggested that Britain should leave the European Union.[37]


Controversial comments

In 2013, Fury told an interviewer before his first fight at Madison Square Garden that he would "hang" his own sister if she was promiscuous. That same year he was fined £3,000 for calling fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew "gay lovers".[38] After the 2015 controversy emerged, Bellew said that he was not upset by Fury and considered it wrong that people were pulling him down.[39]

Shortly before winning the world titles in November 2015, Fury publicly argued that performance-enhancing drugs (which he denied taking) should be permitted in boxing and other sports. He said: "Why don't they just make drugs totally legal in sports, then everybody would be taking drugs and then it would be fully fair then, wouldn't it? ... It's none of my concern really, but if the governing bodies want to do that then I think it would be a bit fairer because you've got all them people taking drugs and when you face a man who is not taking drugs it becomes unfair, doesn't it?"[40]

After the world championship fight, he stated that he had been cautioned against potential cheating tactics by the Klitschko camp, of which he provided no evidence, and he would not even drink water in the locker room post-fight because of fears that he would be drugged.[41]

The British Boxing Board of Control met on 9 December and agreed to summon Fury to explain his recent comments.[42]

2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award nomination

After winning the world title he was named as a finalist of the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). His nomination ignited a lingering controversy which began even before the Klitschko fight, when Fury said: "There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home. One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia. So who would have thought in the 50s and early 60s that those first two would be legalised. … For me, people can say 'oh, you're against abortions and you're against paedophilia, you're against homosexuality, you're against whatever' but my faith and my culture is all based on the Bible. The Bible was written a long time ago, wasn't it, from the beginning of time until now so if I follow that and that tells me it's wrong, then it's wrong for me."[43][44] Later, over 138,000 people signed an online Change.org petition saying that what they saw as his homophobic and sexist views made him an unsuitable recipient for the award.[45] Asked directly if he was homophobic, Fury said: "No. Definitely not. I wouldn't be a very good Christian if I hated anybody. If Jesus loves the world, I love the world."[46]

Fury also stated that Olympic and world champion heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill, a fellow contender for the BBC award, "slaps up good" and that "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back – that's my personal belief."[47] Fury responded to the controversy by denying he was homophobic and telling iFL TV that his critics could "suck my balls" - and labelled those who signed the petition as "50,000 wankers".[48]

On 9 December, BBC bosses were fighting a frantic battle to save the SPOTY awards, after a leading contender, long jumper Greg Rutherford, threatened to pull out because of the controversy.[49] Despite his disgust at Fury, Rutherford later agreed to stay in the award show. In a separate development, the Sports Journalists' Association withdrew an invitation to Fury to attend the British Sports Awards in London.[50]

On 8 December 2015, the SNP's John Nicolson, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, challenged the BBC over Fury's SPOTY nomination.[51] On 9 December, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that they were investigating an allegation of hate crime against Fury in relation to comments made about homosexuality on Victoria Derbyshire's BBC television programme.[52] The police soon reported that no hate crime, but only what they called a "hate incident", had occurred, so no charge would be laid.[53]

Fury was placed fourth in the BBC SPOTY competition and apologised at the ceremony for his offensive comments, saying: "If I've said anything in the past that's hurt anybody, I apologise. ... I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody."[54]

Professional boxing record

25 fights, 25 Wins (18 knockouts, 7 decisions), 0 losses[1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko N/A – (12) 2016 Defending The Ring, WBO, IBO, & WBA (Super) Heavyweight titles.
Win 25–0 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 2015-11-28 Germany Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 24–0 Romania Christian Hammer RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2015-02-28 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, Greater London Retained WBO International Heavyweight title.
Win 23–0 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2014-11-29 United Kingdom ExCeL London, London Docklands, Greater London Won European and WBO International Heavyweight titles.
Win 22–0 United States Joey Abell TKO 4 (10), 1:48 2014-02-15 United Kingdom Copper Box, Hackney Wick, Greater London
Win 21–0 United States Steve Cunningham KO 7 (12), 2:55 2013-04-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 20–0 United States Kevin Johnson UD 12 2012-12-01 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 19–0 United States Vinny Maddalone TKO 5 (12), 1:35 2012-07-07 United Kingdom Hand Arena, Clevedon, Somerset Won WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Martin Rogan TKO 5 (12), 3:00 2012-04-14 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won Irish Heavyweight title.
Win 17–0 Canada Neven Pajkic TKO 3 (12), 2:44 2011-11-12 United Kingdom Event City, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester Retained Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Nicolai Firtha TKO 5 (12), 2:19 2011-09-18 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora UD 12 2011-07-23 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, Greater London Won British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win 14–0 Brazil Marcelo Luiz Nascimento KO 5 (10), 2:48 2011-02-19 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, Greater London
Win 13–0 United States Zack Page UD 8 2010-12-19 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec
Win 12–0 United States Rich Power PTS 8 2010-09-10 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Win 11–0 United Kingdom John McDermott TKO 9 (12), 1:08 2010-06-25 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex Won vacant English Heavyweight title.
British Heavyweight title Eliminator.
Win 10–0 Germany Hans-Joerg Blasko TKO 1 (8), 2:14 2010-03-05 United Kingdom Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Win 9–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek PTS 6 2009-09-26 Republic of Ireland The O2, Dublin, Leinster
Win 8–0 United Kingdom John McDermott PTS 10 2009-09-11 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex Won English Heavyweight title.
Win 7–0 Latvia Aleksandrs Selezens TKO 3 (6), 0:48 2009-07-18 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Scott Belshaw TKO 2 (8), 0:52 2009-05-23 United Kingdom Colosseum, Watford, Hertfordshire
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Matthew Ellis KO 1 (6), 0:48 2009-04-11 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, Greater London
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Lee Swaby TKO 4 (6), 3:00 2009-03-14 United Kingdom Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands
Win 3–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko TKO 2 (6), 3:00 2009-02-28 United Kingdom Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Norfolk
Win 2–0 Germany Marcel Zeller TKO 3 (6), 2:50 2009-01-17 United Kingdom DW Stadium, Wigan, Greater Manchester
Win 1–0 Hungary Bela Gyongyosi TKO 1 (6), 2:14 2008-12-06 United Kingdom National Ice Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Professional debut.

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:


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Preceded by
Wladimir Klitschko
IBF Heavyweight Champion
28 November 2015 – 8 December 2015
Title next held by
Charles Martin
IBO Heavyweight Champion
28 November 2015 – present
The Ring Heavyweight Champion
28 November 2015 – present
WBA Heavyweight Super Champion
28 November 2015 – present
WBO Heavyweight Champion
28 November 2015 – present
Regional and International championships
Preceded by
Dereck Chisora
British Heavyweight Champion
23 July 2011 – 8 February 2012
Title next held by
David Price
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
23 July 2011 – 8 February 2012
European Heavyweight Champion
29 November 2014 – 17 April 2015
Title next held by
Erkan Teper
WBO International Heavyweight Champion
29 November 2014 – 28 November 2015
Won world title