Tyson Fury's Dad

Last Modified Jun 22, 2021 07:57 GMT

John Fury was born on May 22, 1964, and is a retired professional boxer and bare-knuckle fighter of Irish and British descent. He is best known for being the father of Tyson Fury, a two-time heavyweight world champion, and Tommy Fury, a professional boxer and reality television star. He is also an uncle to Hughie Fury, a heavyweight fighter.


Tyson Fury with his dad John Fury


John Fury married Amber Fury many years ago and the couple had four children during their marriage. Tommy Fury, Shane Fury, John Fury Jr., and Tyson Fury are Amber and John's four sons. Tyson was born three months early, according to the source. He weighed just one pound. Furthermore, John called him Tyson in honor of Mike Tyson, the unbeaten heavyweight world champion at the time. During an interview, the former boxer said that doctors told him Tyson had a slim chance of surviving.


He had previously lost both of his daughters due to premature birth. Tyson Fury and his wife Paris Fury are happily married. Venezuela Fury, Prince Tyson Fury II, Prince John James, Prince Adonis Amaziah, and Valencia Amber Fury are John's five adorable grandchildren.


John Fury's Boxing Career


Fury’s ancestors have a long tradition in the sport of boxing. John fought as a bare knuckle boxer under the moniker 'Gypsy' John Fury before moving up to the professional ranks. Fury is said to have even said the fights he did have were "usually over in seconds," and that he "wasn't a particularly big puncher," but that he would "not stop swinging before they were out cold, I'd hit them with hands, elbows, head, teeth, and feet until they fell."


Fury's professional boxing career lasted for eight years, from April 1987 to June 1995. On April 28, 1987, he made his professional debut in Halifax, West Yorkshire, against Adam Fogerty. He went on to win his next 6 fights until a draw with David Hopkins in Helsinki on 13 February 1989. He battled the likes of Adam Fogerty, David Hopkins, and Steve Garber throughout his career. John Fury has been outspoken and has had a squabble with former boxer David Haye.


He won 8 of his 13 fights as a heavyweight but lost his only title battle to Neil Malpass for the Central Area belt. His professional boxing career ended after he was knocked out by Steve Garber on June 10, 1995, after a promising career that included defeating Henry Akinwande (WBO World Champion) in the ring. Following his footsteps, his other children are experienced and competitive boxers as well.


John Fury's trouble with the law


John Fury is best known for his time spent in prison, where he served four years of an 11-year term for gouging out a man's eye. In 2011, John slammed his finger into Oathie Sykes' eye, leaving him half-blind and apparently putting an end to a long-running feud. Before launching into his sickening assault, John proclaimed himself the strongest man in Britain, according to the Manchester court.



He sobbed in front of Tyson, then 22-years-old as he made a heartfelt plea for mercy. In court, John stated: "I'm concerned about my son's safety. His boxing future is in jeopardy. I'd give my own eye to him if it meant getting back to my children – I'm begging you for my life.” However, the victim stated: "It was as if he was trying to pierce my skull with his finger through my socket. The feud started in 1999 when the two got into an argument while drinking in Cyprus, and it culminated 12 years later at a car auction.


In 2015, John Fury was released from jail and was ringside when his son Tyson stunned then-world champion Wladimir Klitschko to win the heavyweight title in Germany. John told the BBC after his release that he has been extremely unfortunate, but he has also been extremely fortunate because his son has remained unbeaten. Despite the fact that John was present in Dusseldorf that night, he is unable to watch his son fight in the United States due to his criminal record.


Tyson Fury with his dad at Klitschko Conference


After Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko, the reigning 11-year champion, John Fury slammed the media for their lack of confidence in his son prior to the fight. Fury told the media to "stop being yes men" at a post-fight press conference, and he demanded that everyone in the room give his son a standing ovation for his accomplishment.


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Being by his son’s side


After the Klitschko fight, John was also critical of his son’s preparation going into the fight against Otto Wallin on September 14, 2019. Following Tyson's victory over Otto Wallin, in which he had to battle through a nasty cut in the third round, John slammed his son's preparations and training staff. He told BT Sport, "I've never seen him as bad." “To be honest with you, he felt weight-drained, as though he'd left it all in the gym.“ There was no pop, no real movement from the second round onwards.


Fury had a heated argument with former heavyweight boxer David Haye about his son's chances before Tyson's rematch with Deontay Wilder in the build-up to the fight. Wilder will 'crack,' according to Fury, because Tyson is no longer "as frail as a kitten," as he was in their previous contentious draw. "A man can break at the seams when he's under pressure and in a difficult situation," he told BT Sport, before offering Haye a £100,000 bet on whether he would be proved right, which he was.


The most anticipated fight between champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be held at London's famed Wembley Stadium, according to Eddie Hearn, giving British boxing fans a ray of hope. The heavyweights will fight in a highly awaited unification bout in late June or early July, according to reports. This is also the first time in the division’s history that all the four titles — WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO — will be at stake. John again got into a heated argument with Haye and this time upped the betting money to £1,000,000.



Fury most recently starred in the ITV documentary series 'Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King,' which chronicled his son's journey to a rematch with Wilder. Fury makes many appearances, the most notable of which is in one of the final scenes, in which he shows his live reaction to the battle while watching it on television at the BT Studios.

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