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Tyson Fury is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time heavyweight world champion, having held the WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal titles since defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020; previously he held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. With his defeat of Wilder, Fury became the third heavyweight, after Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali, to hold The Ring magazine title twice, and the first heavyweight in history to have held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring magazine titles. As of April 2020, he is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by ESPN, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec, as well as the second-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec, sixth by the TBRB, and seventh by ESPN.
As an amateur, Fury represented both England and Ireland, as he was born in Manchester to an Irish Traveller family and traced his family lineage to relatives in Belfast and Galway. He won the ABA super-heavyweight title in 2008 before turning professional later that year at 20 years of age. After winning the English heavyweight title twice, he became the British and Commonwealth champion in 2011 by defeating the 14–0 Dereck Chisora. He then won the Irish and WBO Inter-Continental titles, before defeating Chisora again in a 2014 rematch for the European and WBO International heavyweight titles. This success, along with his 24–0 record, set up a match with the long-reigning world champion Klitschko in Germany, which Fury won by unanimous decision.
Fury was stripped of his IBF title 10 days after the Klitschko bout as he was unable to grant a fight with the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to a rematch clause in his contract with Klitschko. The rematch did not materialise as Fury suffered from mental health issues leading to alcoholism, recreational drug use and extreme weight gain. He was charged with anti-doping violations. In 2016, he vacated the WBA, WBO, and IBO titles; The Ring stripped him of his last remaining title in early 2018. Later that year, after more than two years of inactivity, Fury challenged for the WBC heavyweight title against Wilder. The fight was controversially scored as a draw, with many believing Fury won. Fury’s strong performance against Wilder (including recovering from a heavy knockdown in the final round) earned him Comeback of the Year from The Ring and numerous other awards.
Fury met his wife Paris (née Mullroy) when she was 15 and he was 17. Like Fury, Paris is a practising Catholic and was raised in a Gypsy family. They began dating the year after they met, and married in 2008 at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The couple have five children together: three sons named Prince Tyson Fury II, Prince Adonis Amaziah, and Prince John James; and two daughters named Venezuela, and Valencia Amber. When asked why all his sons had the first name Prince, Fury said, “I’m a king and they’re princes until they earn their rightful name.” Fury also said their names were inspired by Prince Naseem Hamed, who was his favourite fighter from England. Paris suffered a miscarriage before Fury’s cancelled bout with Ustinov in 2014, and also lost another child on the day of Fury’s comeback fight against Seferi in 2018.
Fury and his family reside in Morecambe, Lancashire. In September 2015, he expressed an interest in running as an independent candidate to be the UK Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale, opining that the government was overly focused on providing services for immigrants and not enough on homeless people and those with drug and alcohol problems. He also suggested that Britain should leave the European Union. Fury donated his £7 million purse from his first match against Wilder to charities to build homes for homeless alcohol and drug addicts in the United Kingdom.
In April 2016, Fury spoke about the racial abuse he receives as a Gypsy world champion, because “no one wants to see a Gypsy do well”. He stated, “I am a Gypsy and that’s it. I will always be a Gypsy, I’ll never change. I will always be fat and white and that’s it. I am the champion yet I am thought of as a bum.” Since his return from his hiatus, Fury has stated that he now feels more accepted in Britain. A large crowd attended the book signing for his autobiography Behind the Mask in 2019; Fury said he felt “like crying to be honest about the love I’m being shown here. It’s amazing.”
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