Tyson Fury – The Fury Unleashed
Tyson Fury is an orthodox boxer who stands 6ft 9in tall with an 85in reach, born in Manchester on the 12th August 1988, named after the former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, his full name is Luke Tyson Fury. This fight against David Haye will be Fury’s 22nd professional bout and he is currently undefeated.
As an amateur Fury fought in 35 fights of which he only lost 4 with the other 31 ending in victory. Within those victories he went on to KO 26 of his opponents. He has represented both Ireland and England at amateur level and in 2006 whilst representing Ireland he won a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships.
In 2007 he fought and won the EU Junior Championships whilst representing England. He had success as an amateur and this resulted in him being ranked number three in the world and in many peoples opinion should have represented Team GB at the Olympic Games in Beijing; however David Price was chosen ahead of him and this spark Fury into going professional.
His professional debut came in Nottingham when fighting on the undercard of a Froch fight, he was put in against Hungarian Bela Gyongyosi and the fight lasted a mere 2 minutes and 14 seconds with Fury getting the job done quickly and so his pro career started.
He went on to fight Zeller, Perat, Swaby, Ellis, Belshaw and Selezens and dispatched all on them within the first four rounds which took his professional record to 7 wins from 7 bouts. Next up with John McDermott in what would prove his toughest test with the fight going to distance and that was the first time that Fury had gone 10 rounds as a Pro and the ref gave it to Fury by 6 rounds and in doing so he won the English Heavyweight Title.
He went on to defeat Blasko, the rematch against McDermott, Power, Page and Nascimento before coming up against Dereck Chisora, now for me Chisora is underrated so for Fury to win by a unanimous decision was a very good result and in beating Chisora, Fury picked up the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.
Fury went on to retain his Commonwealth title against Canadian Neven Pajkic but Fury was put on the canvas for the first time as a pro after going down in round 2, however he got up and ended the fight in round 3. He then won the Irish Heavyweight Title in defeating the tough Martin Rogan and then won the WBO Intercontinental Title when beating Vinny Maddalone.
Next up Fury had a couple of title eliminator fights, first the WBC fight against Kevin Johnson which went the distance and Fury landing the fight on a unanimous points decision and then it was time for Fury to go across the pond and have his first fight in the states and not just the states but at Madison Square Gardens which for any boxer to achieve during the career is a highlight.
He fought Steve Cunningham in an IBF title eliminator and Fury would have wanted to put on a show with this a big chance to put his name out there in the states but again Fury was sent to the canvas in the 2nd round but got up to carry on with the fight. The bout was very close and the scoring suggested that Cunningham was ahead going into round 7 but the scorecards were not needed as Fury caught Cunningham with a right hand and the American was unable to carry on.
Tyson Fury’s professional record now stands at 21 wins from 21 bouts with 15 of those ending in a KO which is a 71% KO percentage, he is now ranked number 5 in the world behind the Klitschko’s, Pulev and Adamek and will on the 28th September have his toughest fight of his career when facing fellow brit David Haye, Fury has shown that when up against a decent opponent that firstly he is likely to be caught but secondly that he has the mental power to get up from being caught to go on to win but the question is can he handle Haye’s power. We will look at David Haye in the next post and then closer to the fight will do a post on the fight itself.