Tyson Fury

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Tyson Fury
Tyson fury.jpg
Real nameTyson Luke Fury
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[1]
Reach85 in (216 cm)
Born(1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 26)
Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, England
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins by KO18
No contests0
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Tyson Fury
Tyson fury.jpg
Real nameTyson Luke Fury
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[1]
Reach85 in (216 cm)
Born(1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 26)
Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, England
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins by KO18
No contests0

Tyson Luke Fury[2] (born 12 August 1988) is a professional boxer who fights in the heavyweight division. 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] He has represented both England and Ireland at amateur level and won the ABA championship in 2008 before turning professional later that year. He is the former Irish heavyweight champion and the current British and EBU heavyweight champion.


Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester,[citation needed] into a family of Irish Traveller heritage.[5] His family has a long history in boxing and bare knuckle boxing,[6] and he is a distant relative of Bartley Gorman.[7][8] His father is from Tuam, County Galway and his maternal grandmother is from County Tipperary.[9] He is a cousin of Irish WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy Lee.[9] His father named him "Tyson" after then-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] In another Irish match against the US, Fury won his bout by knock-out.[12]

He was forced to withdraw from the Irish national championships after officials from the Holy Trinity BC in Belfast, the club of the then Irish amateur heavyweight champion, submitted a protest regarding his eligibility.[12][13] He won a bronze medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in 2006.[14]

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.[15]

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.

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.[13]

In the absence of Price (who won Olympic Bronze in Beijing) he became national champion (ABA) in 2008.[6]

Fury's amateur boxing record stood at 35 fights, 31 wins, 26 wins by KO, with 4 losses.

Fury currently has eleven penalty points on his driving licence, following numerous road traffic offences. In April 2014, he tried to avoid a charge of dangerous driving by telling police officers that "I'm a boxer, I'm a superstar, I'm a celebrity". Tyson was not able to attend the hearing in court in February 2015 due to a bout of diarrhoea; a claim many believe to be a lie.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Fury turned professional with promoter Mick Henessy in December 2008 and represents Great Britain[17] and Ireland.[18] His debut came at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on the undercard of the Carl Froch and Jean Pascal fight for the WBC super middleweight title. In this fight Fury defeated Hungary's Bela Gyongyosi (W3-L9-D2) with a first round knock-out.[14]

His second fight was in January 2009, when Fury fought Germany's Marcel Zeller, who had won 21 of 23 previous bouts. Fury won the fight by TKO after it was stopped in the third round. On 28 February 2009, Fury beat 35-fight veteran Russian Daniil Peretyatko (W15-L20), winning by retirement in the second round due to a large cut on Peret's eye The bout took place in Norwich on the undercard of Jon Thaxton's first defence of his European Lightweight title.

On 14 March 2009, at the Aston Events Centre in Birmingham Tyson beat fellow Briton Lee Swaby (W23-L22-D2) by retirement. On 11 April 2009, Fury continued the unbeaten start to his career by beating Englishman Matthew Ellis (W20-L6-D1) at the York Hall by knock-out 48 seconds into the first round.

On 23 May 2009, Fury had his first eight-round fight, beating Northern Ireland's 6 ft 7inch fellow prospect Scott Belshaw (W10-L1) by second-round TKO with 52 seconds of the second round. Belshaw was knocked down twice in the first round, both times by body shots.

Fury's next fight was due to take place on 12 June, though after suffering a back injury in training the bout was cancelled. Fury returned to the ring on 18 July 2009, beating Latvian Aleksandrs Selezens (W3-L6) 48 seconds into the 3rd round, despite the fight almost being cancelled due to Fury's continuing back injury.

The BBBofC decided that Fury, in only his 8th bout, would fight John McDermott (W25-L5) for the English title before the end of November.[19] The fight was confirmed for 11 September at the Brentwood International Centre.[20][21]

On 11 September, Fury beat John McDermott in a controversial points decision. Both boxers stated they would like a rematch. Many boxing observers scored the contest in favour of McDermott, and promoter Frank Maloney labelled referee Terry O'Connor a "disgrace to British Boxing" after his decision.[22][23]

On 26 September, Fury made his Irish debut, winning a clear 6 round decision against Tomas Mrazek (W4-L22-D5) on the undercard of Bernard Dunne versus Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym at The O2 in Dublin.[9] Fury then vacated the English title due to a broken hand sustained in the victory over Tomas Mrazek.[citation needed]

On 5 March 2010 Fury knocked out Germany's Hans-Joerg Blasko (W9-L3) in the first round in Huddersfield. On 26 June 2010, Fury again faced John McDermott in a rematch for the vacant English heavyweight title; the fight also served as a British heavyweight title fight eliminator.[24][25] In round six, Fury sustained a deep cut above his right eye near the end of the round after an accidental clash of heads. In round seven, Fury was penalised for holding McDermott and was subsequently deducted a point by referee, Dave Parris. In the eighth, Fury knocked down McDermott with a short right hook. In the 9th round Fury knocked down McDermott twice more before the referee stopped the fight,[14][26] at 1 minute 8 seconds of the ninth round.[24] All three judges had scored the contest 77-73 in favour of Fury going into the ninth round.[citation needed]

On 10 September 2010 Fury faced then unbeaten American prospect Rich Power (W12-L0) in London, winning all 8 rounds on the referee's scorecard.

For his 13th professional bout, Fury travelled to North America for the first time, defeating American Zack Page (W21-L32-D2) over 8 rounds in Quebec City, Canada, all three judges giving him every round.

Fury's first fight of 2011 took place against Brazil's then unbeaten Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (W13-L0) at Wembley Arena on 19 February. Nascimento was coming off a good win over Omar Basile, however Fury floored Nascimento in the first round, and went on to win by knockout in round 5.

The victory over McDermott had elevated Fury to the position of mandatory challenger to the highly regarded and unbeaten Dereck Chisora (W14-L0) for the British Heavyweight Title. This fight was held on 23 July 2011. By the end of the fifth round Fury had caused Chisora's mouth to cut, causing heavy bleeding. From then on Chisora began to fade, with Fury winning a clear unanimous decision and the British Title.

Fury went on to fight the tough 6 ft 6inch American fringe contender Nicolai Firtha (W20-L8-D1) (who had previously taken Alexander Povetkin the distance) at the King's Hall, Belfast, winning by TKO when the referee stopped the contest in the fifth round.

Fury defended his commonwealth title against undefeated Canadian champion Neven Pajkic (W16-L0) on 12 November 2011. The fight took place in Fury's home City of Manchester on 12 November. He was knocked down for the first time in his career in the second round by Pajkic, but ultimately won the fight by a controversial TKO in the third round, knocking down his opponent twice, one of which appeared to be as a result of a shove from Fury.[27]

Fury vacated the British and Commonwealth titles in February 2012, stating that wished to concentrate on pursuing a world title.[28][29][30]

On 14 April 2012, Fury competed against Belfast's Martin Rogan (W14-L2) (who held victories over Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison) for the vacant Irish heavyweight title. Fury showed versatility by fighting southpaw for the first time in this bout, and halted Rogan in the fifth round with a body punch to win the title.[31]

On 7 July 2012 Fury outclassed Vinny Maddalone (W35-L7), winning the WBO Intercontinental Title by TKO in round 5.[32][33]

On 1 December 2012, Fury fought American world title contender Kevin Johnson (W28-L2-D1). The fight went the full twelve rounds and Fury won via unanimous decision against Johnson. Many criticised Fury's performance as there was a mixture of booing and applause around the arena. However in the post-fight interview, Fury explained that his intentions were never to go steaming in as Kevin Johnson is not an opponent who can be easily stopped. Johnson had previously taken World Champion Vitali Klitschko the full 12 rounds in a title challenge.

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.[34]

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.[35]

Fury was due to fight David Haye.[36][37] 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.[38] The fight was originally postponed to 8 February 2014,[39] however Haye was forced to pull out of the fight with a career-threatening shoulder injury, and hinted at his retirement.[40] After a brief retirement Fury signed with BoxNation and made his return to the ring on 15 February 2014 at the Copper Box in London. Fury defeated Joey Abell by TKO in round 4.

Fury was due to fight rival 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. Belarussian Alexander Ustinov was lined up as Chisora's replacement in the bout scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena,[41] Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill.[42] However, Fury and Chisora rescheduled the rematch for November 29, 2014 and Fury ended up winning the rematch in a one-sided bout by effective use of his jab. Fury then went on to face Christian Hammer on February 28th, 2015 and also won the match in a one-sided affair as he utilized his jab and consistently landed on Hammer, who quit on his stool and refused to come out for the next round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (18 knockouts, 6 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[14]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win24–0Romania Christian HammerRTD8 (12), 3:002015-02-28United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, EnglandRetained WBO International Heavyweight title.
Win23–0United Kingdom Dereck ChisoraRTD10 (12), 3:002014-11-29United Kingdom ExCeL London, London, EnglandWon vacant BBBofC British, EBU (European) and WBO International Heavyweight titles. WBO Final Eliminator.
Win22–0United States Joey AbellTKO4 (10), 1:482014-02-15United Kingdom Copper Box, London, England
Win21–0United States Steve CunninghamKO7 (12), 2:552013-04-20United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United StatesIBF Title Eliminator.
Win20–0United States Kevin JohnsonUD122012-12-01United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern IrelandWBC Title Eliminator.
Win19–0United States Vinny MaddaloneTKO5 (12), 1:352012-07-07United Kingdom Hand Arena, Clevedon, SomersetWon WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win18–0United Kingdom Martin RoganTKO5 (12), 3:002012-04-14United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern IrelandWon Irish Heavyweight title.
Win17–0Canada Neven PajkicTKO3 (12), 2:442011-11-12United Kingdom Event City, Manchester, EnglandRetained Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Win16–0United States Nicolai FirthaTKO5 (12), 2:192011-09-18United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win15–0United Kingdom Dereck ChisoraUD122011-07-23United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, EnglandWon British & Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win14–0Brazil Marcelo Luiz NascimentoKO5 (10), 2:482011-02-19United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England
Win13–0United States Zack PageUD82010-12-19Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada
Win12–0United States Rich PowerPTS82010-09-10United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, England
Win11–0United Kingdom John McDermottTKO9 (12), 1:082010-06-25United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, EnglandWon vacant English Heavyweight title.
British Heavyweight title Eliminator.
Win10–0Germany Hans-Joerg BlaskoTKO1 (8), 2:142010-03-05United Kingdom Huddersfield Sports Centre, Huddersfield, England
Win9–0Czech Republic Tomas MrazekPTS62009-09-26Republic of Ireland The O2, Dublin, Ireland
Win8–0United Kingdom John McDermottPTS102009-09-11United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, EnglandWon English Heavyweight title.
Win7–0Latvia Aleksandrs SelezensTKO3 (6), 0:482009-07-18United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, England
Win6–0Republic of Ireland Scott BelshawTKO2 (8), 0:522009-05-23United Kingdom Colosseum, Watford, England
Win5–0United Kingdom Matthew EllisKO1 (6), 0:482009-04-11United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, England
Win4–0United Kingdom Lee SwabyTKO4 (6), 3:002009-03-14United Kingdom Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, England
Win3–0Russia Daniel PeretTKO2 (6), 3:002009-02-28United Kingdom Norwich Showground, Norwich, England
Win2–0Germany Marcel ZellerTKO3 (6), 2:502009-01-17United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
Win1–0Hungary Bela GyongyosiTKO1 (6), 2:142008-12-06United Kingdom National Ice Centre, Nottingham, EnglandProfessional debut.

Major and minor titles held[edit]


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Preceded by
John McDermott
English Heavyweight Champion
September 11, 2009 – July 23, 2011
Won British title
Succeeded by
David Price
Preceded by
Dereck Chisora
British Heavyweight Champion
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion

July 23, 2011 – 8 February 2012