Why Tyson Fury Never Fought in the Olympics?

Published 01/04/2021, 11:23 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Tyson Fury in action against Mathew Ellis prior to Commonwealth Welterweight Title fight between John O Donnell and Craig Watson at York Hall on April 11, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


WBC Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury never went on to compete at the Olympics, which is arguably the grandest sporting event of all. While many boxers dream to showcase their abilities at the Olympics, Fury called it a curse.

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If we look at the heavyweight scenario, almost all the elites have been through the Olympics, including the likes of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.

Initially, Tyson Fury opted for the 2008 Olympics, but David Price replaced him. In 2006, Price beat Fury via points in the amateur circuit and it was the turning point of the tale.

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Although Fury had knocked him down in the fight, Price bagged the win via decision and rode that success to the Olympics. After 2008, Price turned pro and Fury had to wait for the Olympics 2012.

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)

But ‘The Gypsy King’ had developed his skills already by then and without waiting for the Olympics, he opted for the professional run.

That said, Fury is currently the best heavyweight boxer who has tasted all the world titles and has a record of 30 wins with 0 defeats. But the Olympics are something that will always be out of Fury’s career map.

Tyson Fury- A world champion but not an Olympian

Fury also connected with the Manchester Evening News to demean the British Olympians. Speaking about the Olympics segment, ‘The Gypsy King’ said, “David Price was an Olympian. Anthony Joshua was an Olympian. Audley Harrison was an Olympian.

“Olympians are **** in my opinion. Especially British Olympians because there hasn’t been any to do any good in this country. So it is a curse I believe.”

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He added, “I’m happy I didn’t go to the Olympics in 2008. It’s been a blessing because maybe I would have been a **** fighter as well if I’d have gone to the Olympic Games.”

Meanwhile, the Olympics remain a grand opportunity where youngsters can showcase their talent. Not everyone is Tyson Fury, and it takes much more than records to stand against it.

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Although Tyson Fury may seem snobbish while referring to the Olympics the way he has in the past, his record backs his talk.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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