Tyson Fury: Early Life, Mental Health & Comeback

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If you are a boxing enthusiast, then Tyson Fury is not a new identity for you. Tyson Fury, who is also known as “The Gypsy King,” has his own self-built fandom.

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury

The Fury King became the first man in a decade to defeat Wladimir Klitschko, one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. Against all odds, Fury not only beat Klitschko, but he also dominated him. 

Tyson Luke Fury is regarded as one of this generation’s top heavyweight boxers. He is a multi-time Heavyweight Champion in professional boxing, as well as a successful amateur boxer.

Tyson Fury | Quick Facts 

Full Name Tyson Luke Fury
Date of Birth August 12, 1988
Birth Place Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Nick Name The Gypsy King
Religion Christianity 
Nationality British 
Ethnicity White 
Zodiac Sign  Leo 
Age 35 Years Old
Height 6 feet and 9 inches (2.06 meters)
Weight 124 kg (273 lbs)
Hair Color Light presence of hair Dark Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name John Fury
Mother’s Name Amber Fury
Siblings John Fury Jr., Shane Fury, Tommy Fury
Education Styal Primary School
Marital Status Married 
Wife  Paris Fury (m. 2009)
Kids Three sons named Prince Tyson Fury II, Prince Adonis Amaziah, and Prince John James
Two daughters named Venezuela, and Valencia Amber
Profession Boxer
Division Heavyweight
Stance  Orthodox
Reach 85 inches (216 cm)
Total Fights 31
Net Worth $40 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 
Last Update  March 2024

Tyson Fury | Family Background 

Gypsy King was born to an Irish family. His paternal grandfather was born in the town of Tuam in Galway. His father, John Fury, was born in Tuam. Tipperary is his maternal grandmother’s home county. Amber Fury, his mother, was born in the Belfast region.

Tyson Fury was born in the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe. He is one of only four children to survive childbirth after his mother had 14 pregnancies, but only four were successful. Fury was born three months early, three months before his due date.

Mike Tyson was the inspiration for his father, John, to name his kid. Mike Tyson was the heavyweight boxing world champion at the time.

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury as a child

He weighed only 1 pound when he was born, and his life chances were close to practical nil. He eventually made it, and his father named him after Mike Tyson, the previous heavyweight champion, for defying the odds. Fury has Irish ancestors.

Tyson Fury dropped out of his school when he was 11 and began tarmacking roads with his father and brothers. Fury started boxing at the age of ten. Because his father was a professional boxer, Fury had no trouble getting the necessary training.

Tyson Fury | Amateur Career

Fury represented Ireland and the United Kingdom on multiple occasions throughout his amateur career. He honed his skills at Belfast’s Holy Family Boxing Club. Later, he relocated his training camp to Smithboro Club in Monaghan County.

He was a bronze medalist in the 2006 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Fury competed for Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in the Amateur Boxing Association of England’s senior national championships in 2006, losing to David Price.

Tyson won silver at the European Junior Championship after winning the EU Junior Championship.

Despite being the world’s third-ranked amateur boxer, Fury did not compete in the 2008 Olympics since each country was only allowed one fighter in each division, and David Price was chosen.

Before turning pro, he won the ABA super-heavyweight title in 2008. He completed his amateur boxing career with a record of 31-4.

Tyson Fury | Professional Career

Gypsy King started his professional boxing career when he was 20 years old. On December 6, 2008, he played Bela Gyongyosi of Hungary in his maiden game. He was victorious in the first round. He fought six more times in the next seven months, all of which he won.

Tyson defeated John McDermott in September 2009 to win the English heavyweight title.

Tyson, a champion
Tyson, a champion

He went on to beat Hans-Joerg Blasko and Tomas Mrazek in subsequent bouts. The athlete faced Dereck Chisora in a match in July 2011. Tyson Fury went 117 to 112, 117 to 112, and 118 to 111 in this fight. He won the game.

European Heavyweight Champion

The following are some of Tyson Fury’s highlights from the European heavyweight championships:

  • On November 29, 2014, he fought Dereck Chisora. He defeated Chisora.
  • On February 28, 2015, he faced Christian Hammer. He was victorious in the match. 

Unified Heavyweight World Champion

Tyson Fury’s most excellent highlight in the Unified Heavyweight World Championship was his fight with Wladimir Klitschko on November 28, 2015, in the Esprit Arena in Germany.

He trained with the best trainers before this match. He won, but his title was stripped from him after ten days since he did not comply with the fight’s contract requirements.

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Surrendering World Titles

Gypsy King was scheduled to face Klitschko in a rematch in his homeland. However, the star put on a lot of weight before the game and was very unmotivated to face his opponent.

The UK Anti-Doping Agency charged Gypsy King and his cousin in June 2016 for having nandrolone. He later failed a drug test for cocaine.

Gypsy King came forward shortly after all of these problems to reveal that he had been suffering from depression as well as a sort of bipolar disorder. In addition, he was found medically unfit for any match.

Because he could not defend his IBO, WBO, and WBA (unified) heavyweight titles, the boxer decided to abandon them. He wanted to avoid the media at the moment to get proper medical attention. On October 13, 2016, his boxing license was suspended.


Gypsy King said on December 23, 2016, that he was back in training and planning a comeback in April or May 2017. He later stated that he would be returning to the ring on May 13, 2017. The British Boxing Board of Control declared that he was still suspended from sports after the announcement.

After the nandrolone issue was resolved, the board said that it would consider renewing Tyson’s license. Gipsy King confirmed on April 12, 2018, that he had signed a multi-fight contract with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.

He announced that he planned to fight three huge fights before the end of the year. He lost weight and was medically cleared to compete.

How much does Tyson Fury earn?

The Gypsy King is a wealthy man who has competed in and won numerous championships. His net worth continues to upscale as he signs lucrative contracts with several boxing labels. In 2018, his estimated net worth was $40 million.

After signing a contract with ESPN, his net worth climbed to £80 million (about $98.27 million).

Tyson Fury | Mental Health 

Gypsy King has spoken frankly about his mental health issues, including depression. After realizing he was on a path to self-destruction, he battled the illness.

He claims his upbringing contributed to the problem. No one in his family expressed their emotions or feelings. Instead of dealing with his problems as an adult, he resorted to recreational drugs and alcohol.

Between 2015 and 2017, he utilized steroids. He lost two of his world heavyweight belts after admitting to using cocaine in 2016. Tyson was diagnosed with depression as well as a form of bipolar disorder. During this phase, the athlete gained weight tremendously.

Tyson's transformation
Tyson’s transformation

He was troubled with suicidal ideas. Even though he had a lot of money and could afford many nice things, he was unhappy.

Additionally, he was driving at a terrifying 160 miles per hour on his way to brunch one day. A voice inside stopped him just as he was about to commit himself, and he pulled the truck over.

After coming to a stop, he called his family and informed them that he was depressed. He sought medical attention with their help. Today, he discusses his battle to inspire others who are affected to get help rather than give up.

Tyson Fury | Controversies

When you’re in the spotlight, you have to be careful what you say. Celebrities frequently find themselves at the center of many issues, and Gypsy King is no exception.

Many media outlets scrutinized his statements, including those from his background, once recognized as a world champion. The first issue of the debate came from his comment that if his sister were ever unfaithful, he would hang her.

Before his Klitschko fight, he had also spoken out against homosexuality, abortion, and pedophilia. He claimed that these activities would result in Biblical judgment.

Many individuals objected to his selection for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2015 because of his statements. He expressed regret for saying such things.

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The fighter was known for his colorful exploits in his earlier years. He would show up to press conferences in expensive cars and dressed as Batman.

This would frequently generate a range of reactions from people all over the world. When he was in the midst of depression in late 2017, he stated that flashiness was one of his coping techniques.

Tyson Fury | Autobiography 

Gypsy King’s Autobiography, Behind The Mask: My Autobiography, was recently published. Penguin Random House published the book, which was launched on November 14, 2019.

He is now a healthy boxer who does not drink or use drugs. He’s entitled “The People’s Champion” by many. He got the nickname because he openly discusses his problems and freely admits his shortcomings.

Marriage and Children

Tyson Fury’s wife’s name is Paris Fury. At a friend’s wedding, the boxer first met her when he was 17 years old. At the moment, she was 15 years old. Paris was born into a Gypsy family. They started dating a year after meeting for the first time and married in 2008.

The St. Peter In Chains Catholic Church in Doncaster hosted the wedding ceremony.

Tyson Fury
The Tyson family

The family resides in Morecambe, Lancashire, with their five children. Venezuela, the first kid, was born in 2009. Two years after Venezuela, Prince Tyson Fury II was born.

Prince John James, the third child, was born in 2016. Valencia Amber, their fourth child, was born in 2017. The fifth child, Prince Adonis Amaziah, was born in March of 2019. 

Social Media 

Gypsy King is active on several social networking sites. He has more than 2.2 million followers on Instagram. He also has a Twitter handle with more than 1.2 million followers. Tyson’s Facebook page, on the other hand, has almost 250.9k followers. 

(The data mentioned above is as of Nov 2021.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Tommy Fury Tyson’s real brother?

No, Tommy Fury, a professional boxer, is Tyson Luke Fury’s half-brother.

When did Tyson Fury do his version of American Pie?

After defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020, Tyson Fury performed a two-minute rendition of American pie.

Is Tyson Fury a believer in Christianity?

Tyson Fury is a devout follower of Jesus Christ. According to accounts, his uncle Ernest, a Pentecostal preacher in Congleton, Cheshire, had a significant influence on him.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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