Why We Love Tyson Fury, On And Off The Ring

Born three months prematurely and weighing a single pound, doctors didn’t give too many chances to professional boxer John Fury’s newborn son. However, channeling his name sake’s energy - legendary boxer Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury not only managed to beat the odds but became one of Britain’s biggest boxing icons and has been stealing the spotlight for over 12 years.

Known both for his skills inside the ring as for his flamboyant personality, “the Gypsy King” has gathered quite a few memorable moments under his belt. Here are just a few reasons he keeps on dazzling us.

His Outstanding Professional Debut

In 2008, when he was only 20, Fury had his professional debut against Bela Gyongyosi in a match that ended with a swift TKO. In the seven months that followed he managed to nail six more fights, defeating Marcel Zeller (21-3), Daniil Peratyakto (15-20), Lee Swaby (23-22-2), Matthew Ellis (20-6-1), Scott Belshaw (1001), and Aleksandr Selezens (3-6), all through knockout before round five.

Since then he’s become known as “The People’s Champion” especially because of his sense of humor, fair play, generosity, and his openness when it comes to struggling with mental illness (affecting millions of people worldwide). This has made him a source of inspiration for both boxing and non-boxing fans.

His Showbiz Personat

His huge love for entertaining brought Fury quite a few lucrative deals. It was a matter of time before WWE would reach out for a collaboration, and this took place in Saudi Arabia, where Fury faced “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman. Fury came off as the winner and hinted at possible future collaborations with the WWE.

And, talking about branching out, after making a habit of singing around the ring, Fury was also invited as a guest vocalist on fellow brit Robbie Williams’ 2019 Christmas Special.

In the meantime, Fury nacked more and more titles on his IMDB page, including a four-part documentary series about his experience as a boxer and his family life along with his wife Paris.

His Love for Gambling

Besides a fiery heart and a passion for boxing, Mr. Fury shares another connection with his legendary namesake, Mike Tyson - his love for gambling! After a September 2019 match with Otto Wallin, he casually commented to the press “I went to the hospital, had a few stitches, went home and had an early night. Then I've got up, gone to the casino, won five grand, had a few beers and now I'm going to have a few more beers”. On the other hand, Mike Tyson is long known for playing roulette.

Many fans around the globe share his and Mr. Mike’s passion in a similar manner. Fans in New Zealand, for example, have taken them up on the challenge and can sign up to the best online casino NZ to try their idols’ winning strategies.

Attending A Press Conference Dressed As Batman

To promote his fight against Wladimir Klitschko, Fury confidently walked into the Hilton press conference room dressed as The Dark Knight and even proceeded to wrestle another man dressed as the Joker.

Klitschko even said, “It was the most entertaining press conference I've had in 25 years of boxing”. Fury proceeded to win the fight unanimously and become the new unified heavyweight champion.

He’s Always Promising More

Fans were planning on a face-off between Fury and European ex-heavyweight champion Agit Kabayelhe in the second half of December, but “The Gypsy King” has stated he won’t step back into the ring until 2021.

In the meantime, Anthony Joshua defending his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles by beating Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena in Wembley didn’t go unnoticed. When asked about a potential fight with Joshua, Fury responded he is aiming to take him out within four rounds.

It is believed that Fury vs Joshua has already agreed a two-fight deal, one during the 2021 summer season and another sometime next winter.

He Truly Is “The People’s Champion”

Recently, Tyson explained why he asked BBC to cut him off the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award. In his own words “'I don't need any awards from any TV stations for me to know who I am and what I've done.”

Just goes to show that Tyson knows exactly the type of attention he is going for. He is less the “red carpet star” and more the type of guy who would buy drinks for the entire bar. Like the time he covered a bar tab for over €1000 in Southern France after buying 200 Jagerbombs for England fans who came to watch a game. Social Media blew their top and so did the fans, enforcing Tyson Fury’s general “good guy” image.

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