Inside the comeback story of Tyson Fury, the undefeated 'Gypsy King' who overcame a depression and shed 112 pounds to be heavyweight champion of the world, twice
- British boxer Tyson Fury, aka the "Gypsy King," won his second heavyweight title in Las Vegas on Sunday, 23 February.
- The fighter, who comes from a long line of gypsy fighters and has struggled with mental health issues, remains undefeated.
- Here is a look into the rise and fall of one of boxing's most entertaining and interesting characters.
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On Sunday 23 February, Tyson Fury became the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time in his career.
The British boxer has overcome addictions to alcohol and cocaine, immense weight gain, and depression before working his way back to the ring.
Here is a look into his remarkable life and comeback journey.
Tyson Luke Fury was born three months prematurely on August 12, 1988, in a rough suburb of Manchester in England.
His father, John Fury, named his son "Tyson" after the then-undefeated heavyweight world champion, Mike Tyson.
Fury dropped out of school at the age of 10 to help his father and brothers at work, resurfacing roads, dealing cars, and collecting scrap.
The first time Tyson put on a pair of gloves to challenge his dad, he broke his father's ribs with one blow. He was just 14 years old, but already 6ft 5in.
In 2008, Fury signed as a professional with promoter Mick Hennessy at the Crown Plaza in Nottingham. His father trained Fury up until 2011.
Tyson Fury's professional debut came in 2008 when he fought Hungarian fighter Bela Gyongyosi and defeated him by Technical Knockout (TKO) in the first round.
In the same year, he married his girlfriend Paris, whom he met when he was 17, and she was 15.
One year later, Fury won his first belt —the English heavyweight title — against John McDermott.
Speaking about how he developed his fighting style when he was young, Fury said: "I was like a sponge soaking everything up. I didn't want to be a big stiff European with my hands up above me face walking forward, I wanted to slip and slide and be a boxer like the American style."
In one of his earlier fights, Fury accidentally landed an uppercut on his own face and became a meme because of it.
In 2014, Fury beat Dereck Chisora to win three minor titles. But he was more focused on another fight. At the press conference after he said: "Wladimir Klitschko, I'm coming for you baby. I'm coming."
In July 2015, Fury's prediction came true — it was confirmed that he would fight Klitschko in a showdown that would define his career.
Outside the ring, Fury was known for his attention-grabbing antics. At a press conference before the Klitschko fight, the "Gypsy King" arrived in a flashy Lamborghini, wearing a Batman costume.
In the biggest showdown of his career, Fury beat Klitschko in front of 55,000 people in the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. This came as a shock to many since Klitschko was the clear favorite going into the fight.
But after winning, Fury went on a three-year downward spiral. He turned to drink, drugs, and later said he contemplated killing himself by driving his Ferrari into a bridge.
As a result, the boxer lost his figure, ballooning to a weight of 400 pounds.
During this time, Fury made a series of attacks on Jewish people and the LGBTQ community. He also said: "A woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back."
In 2018, Fury staged a remarkable turnaround, getting clean and stepping back into the ring. He lost 112 pounds, quit cocaine, and signed a $103 million, five-fight television deal with ESPN. He also won two comeback fights.
Fury also became a mental health ambassador. He has been praised for speaking openly about his depression and mental health issues.
He's attributed a lot of his recovery to Paris, who was there during his darkest moments. When he's not traveling for work, Fury is now a "full-time, hands-on dad" to his five children.
Fury's estimated net worth is around $30 million. He has a collection of luxury cars, including a personalized Rolls-Royce Phantom worth around $464,000 and a Ferrari California.
In December 2019, Fury went 12 rounds with the undefeated WBC world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. The fight ended in a controversial draw and a rematch was organized.
On February 23, the "Gypsy King" faced Wilder again in one the most anticipated rematches in its history. Known for his theatrical entrances, Fury came into the Arena in Las Vegas on a golden throne, wearing a crown.
In an "aggressive masterclass" performance that lasted seven rounds, Fury finished Wilder and won and his second heavyweight championship. The "Gypsy King" remains undefeated.
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