Why is Tyson Fury Called ‘The Gypsy King’?

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January 1, 2021 5:58 pm

Tyson Fury is a two-time world heavyweight champion and lineal heavyweight champion. However, there is still one thing that could top this when it comes to the Englishman. That is his heritage. Fury goes by the nickname, ‘The Gypsy King’ as a tribute to his gypsy heritage. But how did Tyson Fury get the nickname ‘The Gypsy King’?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth during their 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)

Gypsies are a nomadic people with Indo-Aryan ancestry, who moved to Europe between the eighth and ninth century. Physical strength and bravery are the two things the gypsies are famous for. Among themselves, the gypsies would organize bare-knuckle fights to prove supremacy over others. The title of ‘The Gypsy King’ was usually set aside for the winner of these tournaments.

Tyson Fury’s inheritance of the name is a little different. There were two such gypsy kings in Fury’s bloodlines. One on either side of his family. The story is that when his parents were dating, the gypsy king on the mother’s side predicted that if the two family’s produced off-spring and he took up the sport of boxing, he would be destined to become a world champion.

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Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King

Fury never took up bare-knuckle boxing like his ancestors. He went down the route of professional boxing. Therefore, he could never be earn the title of the gypsy king by winning the fights among the tribes. However, thanks to his ancestors, Fury chose to be called the Gypsy King, and he did justice to the prestigious title.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: Tyson Fury celebrates with belts as he defeats Wladimir Klitschko to become new World Heavyweight Champion after the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Fury is an epitome of the gypsies; who are famous for their charismatic personalities and bravery. The undefeated fighter became heavyweight champion of the world on two separate occasions; and displayed remarkable bravery in both instances. His willingness to take on the best in the sport is a testament to this.

Furthermore, it is a move that has always worked in his favor. First beating heavily favored Wladimir Klitschko; and then Deontay Wilder. Therefore, it is fair to say that Tyson Fury is truly the Gypsy King.

Leonardo Carvalho

Leonardo Carvalho is a boxing journalist at EssentiallySports. His love for the sport stems from the fact that he is an athlete who has played soccer at a high level for several years; he represented his state at a National Level meet. His passion for soccer and fitness led him to admire the challenges of a boxer, and he now writes about the sport he has learned to love. His favorite boxers are Anthony Joshua and Caleb Plant.

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