Who is Tyson Fury’s Father – John Fury?

Published 03/03/2021, 5:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Tyson Fury with father John Fury relax in the cafe before a media workout at the Peacock Gym on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


The heavyweight stalwart, Tyson Fury, credits a major chunk of his success to his father, John Fury, who remains in the news headlines just like his champion son, the ‘Gypsy King’. But do we know who exactly is John Fury?

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Born and brought up in Galway, Ireland, John Fury’s life began inside the ring. It was a family tradition to enter the fight game, and he carried on the legacy with pride.

With a colossal 6’3” frame and mammoth weight, Fury fought in the most dynamic division, the heavyweight. In fact, he turned professional in 1987 and lost his very first fight through points.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: John Fury, father of Tyson Fury speaks during a Boxing Press Conference at the Landmark Hotel on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Despite scoring a loss in his first contest, Fury didn’t let his spirits slump and claimed 6 consecutive victories in just 2 years. However, with a lackluster run and two back-to-back losses, ‘Gypsy’ hung his gloves in 1995.

The 56-year-old couldn’t enjoy a prolific run in the big men’s division. But, he took the setbacks into his stride and turned his son, Tyson Fury, into the heavyweight king of the world. He began training his son from a very early age. And under his wings, the ‘Gypsy King’ won the British title in just 8 bouts.

The father-son duo tasted vast success together. Although Fury changed trainers in his extensive career span, his father has always remained a guiding light for him. Moreover, they’re now keen to vanquish any and every heavyweight from their path to become the undisputed heavyweight champ.

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John Fury – Tyson Fury’s biggest shield

The father-son duo throws extensive verbal jabs at their opponents. More than his son, John Fury himself paints shots at ‘Gypsy King’s rivals. Till today, he’s the biggest protector for his son, playing the role of an ideal father.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Tyson Fury with father John Fury during a media workout at the Peacock Gym on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Recently he lashed out at Deontay Wilder, who accused his son of cheating and winning the rematch. John Fury doesn’t like to keep his notions to himself and is among the bluntest and most flamboyant personalities in combat sports today.

Whether it’s love, respect, or trash talks, John Fury likes to give it back in his own style, which makes him an unusual individual.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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