WATCH: Every Time Tyson Fury Lied On Camera

Published 10/04/2021, 4:58 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury looks up as he receives a count from referee Jack Reiss in the ninth round fighting to a draw with Deontay Wilder during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury is a boxing promoter’s dream. ‘The Gypsy King’ is an undefeated WBC heavyweight champion, is probably the best at trash talk, has walked through Deontay Wilder’s right hand, and knows how to create hype around fights.

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The British heavyweight champion is indubitably one of a kind. He holds an unparalleled track record and it seems nearly implausible for most other heavyweights to even come close.

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While he knows how to sell fights, he has quite the track record for not being completely on-point with everything he says on camera. Over the years, he has made some claims that have raised some eyebrows.

Here’s a detailed account of some instances where ‘The Gypsy King’ has lied about certain things-

Lie 1: Anthony Joshua has never fought a prime heavyweight

Before Tyson Fury was scheduled to fight Deontay Wilder as part of their initial trilogy fight contract, there were talks of a mega British heavyweight showdown between Fury and AJ.

Leading up to that fight, Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on Joshua’s record in multiple interviews. He dug into AJ by saying that he has never fought a heavyweight still in his prime.

However, that is far from the truth.

Even before he became the unified heavyweight champion, AJ fought some of the toughest names in the weight class. Joshua defeated Dillian Whyte (16-0-0 at the time) by TKO in 2015, knocked out Charles Martin (who was 23-0-1 back then), Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, and Andy Ruiz twice.

He is also coming off a recent decision loss against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.

Lie 2: Tyson Fury has been trying to fight Joshua since 2011

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Tyson Fury talked at length about his initial matchup with Anthony Joshua. He pointed out that he has always wanted to face Joshua and also criticized him for ducking the fight.

While one can’t really tell if that claim is true or not, the lie lies in what Fury said in extension to this claim.

Tyson Fury highlighted that he has been chasing a fight with Anthony Joshua since 2008. However, that is obviously not true or is at least inaccurate.

According to him, he’s been calling out AJ since 2011; however, that does not add up because AJ did not even start his professional career until 2013. Unlike Fury, he did not start pro-boxing in 2008.

If Fury really did call him out in 2011, that would mean he had called AJ out even before he won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

Lie 3: Anthony Joshua shied away from fighting him

In the same Sky Sports interview, ‘The Gypsy King’ accused Anthony Joshua of avoiding him in the ring. He said Joshua has been ducking his fight offer. However, in reality, things were almost exactly the opposite.

Anthony Joshua even called out Tyson Fury right after the Kubrat Pulev fight, while he still had his gloves laced.

Later, Joshua’s team presented a $150 million offer to fight in Saudi Arabia.

Fury’s team had not responded to these claims and the offer at the time.

Lie 4- Wilder asked for $8o million to let Tyson Fury fight AJ

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In the Sky Sports interview, Fury announced the suing charge for the Deontay Wilder arbitration was $80 million. However, this is a giant misrepresentation of the true figure.

In May, Sky Sports even released a report that clearly stated that Deontay Wilder had asked for $20 million to let Fury fight Anthony Joshua. This was a clear attempt at making Wilder look like just another opponent seeking a money fight.

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Can you identify any more such lies?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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