Tyson Fury Shares the Harsh Realities of Being an Athlete

Published 01/12/2021, 10:09 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury during his heavyweight bout against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has given an insight into the reality of being a boxer. The champion who is training for a potential fight against Anthony Joshua showed what it really takes to be an athlete.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fury had a difficult time when he struggled mentally and physically during his time out of the sport. However, he has embarked on an inspired transformation since then thus making him a good source to get insight from.

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Fury spoke whilst on a run, in a video that he shared on his Twitter.

‘The Gypsy King’ said, “A little bit of behind the scenes. People only see the glitz and the glamor with boxing, on the night. And all the entertainment and all that. But they don’t see the hard work that goes in.”

He went on to add, “They don’t see the running in the rain, running in the snow in the cold… They don’t see all the long nights and early mornings, on your own. It’s all just a mirage. Any boxer, whatever they get, any athletes, deserve a million times more.”

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Tyson Fury calls for more respect for athletes.

Other than sharing his behind the scenes, Fury also took the chance to make a statement about athletes. 

“Nobody knows, apart from other athletes, the work, the sacrifice, the dedication, that goes in over the years,” said Fury.

‘The Gypsy King’ then shared his own experience saying, “I’ve been an 11–12-year-old, I’ve been doing the same stuff day in, day out, day in, day out. Rain, Sun, Hail, Snow… Work!” 

This should explain why the champion is able to fight the way he does.

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He then ended with a piece of advice to fans saying, “So remember, never disrespect athletes because you don’t know what it takes to do it.”

Do you think fans unfairly disrespect boxers?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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