In the early hours of Sunday morning, Tyson Fury, the self-professed Gypsy King, gave one of boxing’s most historic performances.
Fury has been a constant battler. Even his birth was a battle. He rose through the ranks of heavyweight boxing before he did the impossible back in 2015 – by beating Wladimir Klitschko in a fight that nobody expected Fury to win.
Wladimir Klitschko had been reigning unbeaten as the Heavyweight Champion of the World for 11 years. That was until he met the Irish traveler from Manchester who beat him for 12 rounds straight in his own back garden.
But that’s only the beginning of the story. Fury then fell off the rails, no doubt down to the lack of respect he was given by the British media, despite his successes.
He turned to drink and drugs, he was eating unwell, his weight ballooned up to 28 stone, and he was partying every night.
His mental health completely declined – which finally resulted in a decision to take his own life.
✅ Over two years out— Lewis Stone 🏳️🌈 (@_Lewisstone_) February 23, 2020
✅ Overcome mental health issues
✅ Overcome drink problems
✅ Overcome drug problems
✅ Overcome losing a baby
✅ Lost over 10 stone in weight
✅ World Champion once more
The King has returned 👑
Tyson Fury is incredible 👏👏 #TysonWilder2 pic.twitter.com/Sjd8pmL8gL
Miraculously at the last minute Fury decided against it. And then he got himself back on track.
He lost all the weight, had two comeback fights, and decided to take on the new champion of the world, Deontay Wilder in his own country.
Again, nobody thought Fury would do it but by the end of the fight the world knew he had, it was just a shame the judges didn’t – who ruled the fight a very controversial draw.
Now, 14 months later, Fury was back against Wilder again and he was seeking revenge and glory from the hardest hitter in boxing history.
What we saw, nobody predicted besides Tyson himself. He completely pulverized the Bronze Bomber in every single round. He dropped him twice, Wilder himself fell over multiple times, and spent the bulk of the fight backing away from Fury’s wrath.
It was an incredible display billed by many as one of the greatest fight in boxing history.
✅ Doctors say his outlook doesn’t look great when born. Beats that.— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) February 23, 2020
✅ Beating depression
✅ Beats substance problems
✅ Beats obesity
✅ Beats Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.
✅ Beats Deontay Wilder in the USA.
✅ Sings in front of 16 000 people.
Tyson Fury is the man! https://t.co/mpp2vyneBz
However, Deontay claims the real reason he got beat wasn’t because of Fury’s tactics, power, and precision, but because of the outfit he wore into the ring…
He claims it was too heavy and made him weak before the fight.
Speaking to Yahoo News, he said:
He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me. I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior.
It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things. I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.
The designer of Tyson Fury’s boxing outfits says Deontay Wilder’s ring-walk costume wouldn’t have impacted the result of the fight.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 25, 2020
🎥 https://t.co/XABwnj0pFp #WilderFury2 #bbcboxing pic.twitter.com/f0Rj6RRPU4
Come on mate, just admit defeat.