Tyson “The Gypsy King” Serves A Bigger King Than He!
By Ken Hissner: WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury has been a breath of fresh air to the world of boxing. He is a character at all times and a really good and gutsy fighter in the ring.
Fury prayed with his team prior to his fight with world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany, heard saying:
“Heavenly father, I come to you in the mighty name of Jesus. Give both men strength tonight. Give both men the power to give their best performances and let both men come out of the ring safely. As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil. And those who bring weapons against me shall not prosper. Amen!
After Fury’s most recent win over Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder he said: “First and foremost, I want to say “thank you” to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I said those who bring evil against me will not prosper. I said those who stand in the dark can never come into the light. All praise be to the one and only true God, Jesus Christ.”
The 6:09” giant of a fighter had a 31-4 amateur record with twenty-six stoppages (www.boxrec shows 20-5 listed) from March of 2005 to his last bout in June of 2008.
He defeated Michael “The Bounty Hunter” Hunter in his eighth fight to go 7-1. He won numerous amateur titles.
Turning professional in December of 2008, Fury won his first eight fights by stoppage before a decision over John McDermott, 22-5, for the English heavyweight title in September of 2009.
n June of 2010, in a rematch with McDermott, Fury stopped him in nine rounds. In July of 2011, he won the Commonwealth title defeating Dereck “War” Chisora, 14-0, by decision. In November of 2011, he stopped Neven Pajkic, 16-0, in the third round after Fury was dropped in the second round.
In July 2012, Fury won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title stopping Vinny Maddalone, 35-7, in five rounds. In his next fight in December, he defeated Kevin Johnson, 28-2-1. In his next fight, he made his US debut (five since) when he came off the canvas against former IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 25-5, in round two, only to knockout Cunningham in the seventh round.
In November of 2014, in a rematch with Chisora, Fury won the EBU title, stopping him in ten rounds. In his next fight, he won the WBO International title, stopping Christian Hammer, 17-3, in eight rounds.
In Fury’s next fight in Germany, in November of 2015, Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko, 64-3; he won the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO titles. In December 2018, he came off the canvas in the ninth and twelfth rounds against WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 40-0, which ended in a split decision draw.
In September 2019, Fury required 47 stitches to a cut above his right eye, defeating Sweden’s Otto Wallin, 20-0, over 12 rounds.
In February of 2020, in a rematch with Wilder, Fury won by stoppage in seven rounds. Next, in their third fight in October 2021, he came off the canvas twice in the fourth round to stop Wilder by knockout in the eleventh round.
After five straight fights in the US, Fury’s next and most recent fight defending his WBC title, he stopped Dillian Whyte, 28-2, in the UK in six rounds in April of this year. He announced his retirement recently, but like most fighters, they usually don’t stick to it. Money is typically the reason.
There’s more of a chance of Fury, now 32-0-1 with 23 stoppages, fighting again if the UK’s Anthony “AJ” Joshua, 24-2 with 22 stoppages, wins rather than Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, 19-0 with 13 stoppages, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles, in their rematch in my opinion. Their rematch has yet to be set since their September of 2021 fight at this time, possibly due to Ukraine’s invasion by Russia.
Fury is now 33, and he’s had as a professional has had six trainers with “Sugar” Hill his current one, three different promoters with Top Rank his current one, and MTK Global as his manager since 2017, all per www.boxrec.com. He has been stripped of his IBF title and vacated his WBO, IBO, and WBA Super titles, now only holding the WBC title.
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