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Tyson Fury: 10 Facts to know about the heavyweight boxer

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Tyson Fury, named after popular heavyweight legend, Mike Tyson, is a British-Irish professional boxer born in August 12, 1988 (31 years old).

Tyson fury: 10 Facts to know about the heavyweight boxer

Tyson fury: 10 Facts to know about the heavyweight boxer

Here are some facts you need to know about Tyson Fury:

•Fury started his boxing career at a tender age of 10 with his father acting as his trainer until 2011.

• His mother Amber had 14 pregnancies in total, but only four of the children survived.

• Fury was born three months premature and weighed 0.45kg. John, his father named him Tyson after the then-undefeated undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, saying, “The doctors told me there was not much chance of him living. I had lost two daughters in the same way who had been born prematurely.” He named him Tyson as he was a fighter and survived the premature birth..

• His family has a long history in boxing, with fury’s father, John Fury competed in the 1980s as a professional boxer. Fury is also a cousin of several professional boxers, including heavyweights Hughie Fury and Nathan Gorman, retired WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee and light heavyweight contender Hosea Burton.

His half-brother Tommy made his professional debut on 22 December 2018 under the tutelage of two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton. Fury is also a distant relative of the bare-knuckle boxers Uriah Burton and Bartley Gorman, both considered “King of the Gypsies”, hence Fury’s own nickname of “Gypsy King”.

• Fury has styled himself as “The Furious One” and “2 Fast” Fury.

• Fury left school when he was 11, and joined his father in boxing.

• Fury met his wife, Paris Mullroy, when he was 17 and she was 15. They married in 2008 at St. Peters in Chain Catholic Church in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

• Fury and his wife have 5 children.

Tyson Fury  at Place Bell Quebec Canada, 2017

Tyson Fury at Place Bell Quebec Canada, 2017

• Tyson Fury is a two-time heavyweight world champion. He has held the WBC and The Ring magazine titles since defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020, and previously held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine, and lineal titles by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

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• After Fury defeated Wilder, he became the second heavyweight after Muhammad Ali to hold The Ring magazine title twice, and the second heavyweight in history to have held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and WBO titles, after Riddick Bowe. As of February 2020, Fury is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and second by BoxRec.

Bonus: Out of his total 31 fights, he won 30 with knock outs and only drew 1.