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)
Wythenshawe, 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 WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring unified heavyweight champion.

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.[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.


Born and raised in 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] His maternal grandmother is from County Tipperary and his mother was born in Belfast.[7][8] His family has a long history in boxing;[9] his father competed in the 1980s as "Gypsy" John Fury,[10] initially as a bare-knuckle fighter and unlicensed boxer, and then as a professional boxer.[11] He is a cousin of Irish WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy Lee[8] and heavyweight Hughie Fury.[12] Hughie's father, Peter Fury, is also Tyson's trainer.[13] He is also a distant relative of "self-styled King of the Gypsies"[14] Bartley Gorman.[15][16] His father named him "Tyson" after then-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.[9]

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.[17] 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.[18] In another Irish match against the US, Fury won his bout by knock-out.[19]

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.[19][20] 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.[21]

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.[20]

In the absence of Price (who won Olympic Bronze in Beijing) he became national champion (ABA) in 2008.[9]

Professional career

Fury vs. Chisora, Johnson, and Cunningham

On July 23, 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.[22]

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.[23]

Haye negotiations and fallout

Fury was due to fight David Haye[24][25] 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.[26] The fight was originally postponed to 8 February 2014,[27] however, Haye was forced to pull out of the fight with a career-threatening shoulder injury, and hinted at his retirement.[28]

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,[29] Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill.[30] 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.[31]

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.[32]

The fight took place in Düsseldorf, Germany,[33] with Fury winning after twelve rounds on points.[34]

Personal life

Fury and his wife Paris married in 2009.[35]

Fury is a supporter of Premier League football club Manchester United.[36]

Professional boxing record

25 Wins (18 knockouts, 7 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
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, London, England 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, England 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, London, England
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, England 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, Manchester, England 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, England 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, England
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, London, England
Win 11–0 United Kingdom John McDermott TKO 9 (12), 1:08 2010-06-25 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, England 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 Sports Centre, Huddersfield, England
Win 9–0 Czech Republic Tomáš Mrázek 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, England Won English Heavyweight title.
Win 7–0 Latvia Aleksandrs Selezens TKO 3 (6), 0:48 2009-07-18 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Scott Belshaw TKO 2 (8), 0:52 2009-05-23 United Kingdom Colosseum, Watford, England
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Matthew Ellis KO 1 (6), 0:48 2009-04-11 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Lee Swaby TKO 4 (6), 3:00 2009-03-14 United Kingdom Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, England
Win 3–0 Russia Daniel Peret TKO 2 (6), 3:00 2009-02-28 United Kingdom Norwich Showground, Norwich, England
Win 2–0 Germany Marcel Zeller TKO 3 (6), 2:50 2009-01-17 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
Win 1–0 Hungary Bela Gyongyosi TKO 1 (6), 2:14 2008-12-06 United Kingdom National Ice Centre, Nottingham, England Professional debut.

Major and minor titles held throughout career

  • WBA (Super) Heavyweight Champion
  • IBF Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Heavyweight Champion
  • IBO Heavyweight Champion
  • The Ring Heavyweight Champion
  • English Heavyweight Champion (x2)
  • British Heavyweight Champion (x2)
  • Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
  • Irish Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO International Heavyweight Champion
  • European Heavyweight Champion


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Preceded by
Wladimir Klitschko
IBF Heavyweight Champion
November 28, 2015 – present
IBO Heavyweight Champion
November 28, 2015 – present
The Ring Heavyweight Champion
November 28, 2015 – present
WBA Heavyweight Champion
Super Title

November 28, 2015 – present
WBO Heavyweight Champion
November 28, 2015 – present
Regional and International championships
Preceded by
Dereck Chisora
British Heavyweight Champion
July 23, 2011 – February 8, 2012
Title next held by
David Price
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
July 23, 2011 – February 8, 2012
European Heavyweight Champion
November 29, 2014 – April 17, 2015
Title next held by
Erkan Teper
WBO International Heavyweight Champion
November 29, 2014 – November 28, 2015
Won world title