Tyson Luke FuryÂ (born 12 August 1988) is a BritishÂ professional boxerÂ who is a two-timeÂ heavyweightÂ world champion. He has held theÂ WBC,Â The RingÂ magazine, andÂ linealÂ titles since defeatingÂ Deontay WilderÂ in February 2020; previously he held
theÂ unifiedÂ WBA (Super),Â IBF,Â WBO,Â IBO,Â The Ring, and lineal titles after defeatingÂ Wladimir KlitschkoÂ in 2015. With hisÂ defeat of Wilder, Fury became the third heavyweight, afterÂ Floyd PattersonÂ andÂ Muhammad Ali, to holdÂ The RingÂ magazine title twice, and the first heavyweight in history to have held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, andÂ The RingÂ magazine titles. As of February 2020, Fury is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight byÂ ESPNÂ and theÂ Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,Â and second byÂ BoxRec,Â as well as the sixth-best active boxer,Â pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,Â and ninth by BoxRec.
As anÂ amateur, Fury represented both England and Ireland, as he was born inÂ ManchesterÂ to anÂ Irish TravellerÂ family. His father is fromÂ GalwayÂ and his mother was born inÂ Belfast. He won theÂ ABAÂ super-heavyweightÂ title in 2008 before turning professional later that year at 20 years of age. After winning theÂ English heavyweight titleÂ twice, he became theÂ BritishÂ andÂ CommonwealthÂ champion in 2011 by defeating the 14â€“0Â Dereck Chisora. He then won theÂ IrishÂ and WBO Inter-Continental titles, before defeating Chisora again in a 2014 rematch for theÂ EuropeanÂ and WBO International heavyweight titles. This success, along with his 24â€“0 record, set up a match with the long-reigning world champion Klitschko in Germany, which FuryÂ won by unanimous decision.
Fury was stripped of his IBF title 10 days after the Klitschko bout as he was unable to grant a fight with the IBF’s mandatory challenger,Â Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to a rematch clause in his contract with Klitschko. The rematch did not materialise as Fury suffered from mental health issues leading to alcoholism, extreme weight gain, and recreational drug use; he was charged with anti-doping violations. In 2016, he vacated the WBA, WBO, and IBO titles;Â The RingÂ stripped him of his last remaining title in early 2018. Later that year, after more than two years of inactivity, Fury challenged for the WBC heavyweight title against Wilder. The fight wasÂ controversially scored as a draw, with many believing Fury won.Â Fury’s strong performance against Wilder (including recovering from a heavyÂ knockdownÂ in the final round) earned himÂ Comeback of the YearÂ fromÂ The RingÂ and numerous other awards.
Tyson Luke FuryÂ was born on 12 August 1988 in theÂ WythenshaweÂ area ofÂ Manchester, where he was raised by his Irish parents, John and Amber. He was born three monthsÂ prematureÂ and weighed 1 pound (450Â g).Â His father, John, named him Tyson after the then-undefeated undisputed heavyweight world championÂ Mike Tyson.Â John said, “The doctors told me there was not much chance of him living. I had lost two daughters in the same way who had been born prematurely.” He named him Tyson as he was a fighter and survived the premature birth.
Fury is ofÂ Irish TravellerÂ descent.Â His paternal grandfather was fromÂ Tuam, which is also the birthplace of his father.Â The Furys are ultimately ofÂ GaelicÂ origin, deriving their present surname from Ã“ Fiodhabhra.Â Fury’s maternal grandmother is fromÂ County TipperaryÂ and his mother was born inÂ Belfast.Â Despite strongly identifying with his Irish heritage,Â Fury has had problems in gaining dual citizenship because his father’s birth in County Galway was not recorded civilly in the 1960s, as Irish Travellers at the time only recorded births through baptism with the church rather than officially with the state.
Fury left school when he was 11, and joined his father and three brothersÂ tarmacking roads. His mother Amber had 14 pregnancies in total, but only four of the children survived. A daughter, Ramona, was born in December 1997 but died within days. This experience has stayed with Fury, who was just nine years old at the time. Fury began boxing at the age of 10. His father acted as his trainer until 2011, when his father was jailed for gouging out the eye of another Traveller due to a long-standing feud; Fury himself was raised to keep the fighting within the ring and has not had trouble with the law.
The Fury family has a long history in boxing.Â Fury’s father competed in the 1980s as “Gypsy” John Fury,Â initially as aÂ bare-knuckleÂ and unlicensed boxer, and then as a professional boxer.Â John had a professional record of 8â€“4â€“1, with one of his losses being to future WBO heavyweight world championÂ Henry Akinwande.Â Fury is also a cousin of several professional boxers, including heavyweightsÂ Hughie FuryÂ andÂ Nathan Gorman,Â retired WBOÂ middleweightÂ world championÂ Andy LeeÂ andÂ light heavyweightÂ contenderÂ Hosea Burton.Â His half-brotherÂ TommyÂ made his professional debut on 22 December 2018 under the tutelage of two-weight world championÂ Ricky Hatton.Â Fury is also a distant relative of the bare-knuckle boxers Uriah Burton andÂ Bartley Gorman, both considered “King of the Gypsies“,Â hence Fury’s own nickname of “Gypsy King”.Â He has also styled himself as “The Furious One”Â and “2 Fast” Fury.
Amateur boxing career
As an amateur, Fury represented both England and Ireland. Fury represented Ireland three times at international level. He was based at of the Holy Family Boxing Club inÂ Belfast,Â Northern Ireland, and later switched to the Smithboro Club inÂ County MonaghanÂ in theÂ Republic of Ireland.Â In a double international match against an experiencedÂ PolishÂ team in 2007, the Irish team lost 12â€“6 overall; Fury, however, was victorious in both his fights inÂ RzeszÃ³wÂ andÂ BiaÅ‚ystok.Â In another Irish match against the US, Fury won his bout by knockout.Â He won bronze at theÂ AIBA Youth World Boxing ChampionshipsÂ in 2006.
In England, whilst representing Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe, Manchester, he participated in theÂ senior national championshipsÂ in 2006 but was beaten byÂ David PriceÂ 22â€“8.Â In May 2007, he won the EU Junior Championship, defeating Istvan Bernath in the final.Â In July 2007 he won silver at the European Junior Championship, losing toÂ Maxim BabaninÂ in the final.
As a junior, Fury was ranked number three in the world behind the Russians Maxim Babanin and Andrey Volkov, but did not get the chance to represent Great Britain at theÂ 2008 OlympicsÂ because each country is restricted to one boxer per weight division and David Price was selected. Price came up through the amateur Olympic programme. Fury also unsuccessfully tried to qualify for Ireland.Â He was also forced to withdraw from theÂ Irish national championshipsÂ after officials from the Holy Trinity Boxing Club in West Belfast, the club of the then Irish amateur heavyweight champion, submitted a protest regarding his eligibility as he was not born in Ireland.
Fury won theÂ ABAÂ super-heavyweightÂ title in 2008 by defeating Damien Campbell 19:1.Â He turned professional later that year.Â Feeling disillusioned with amateur boxing, he decided not to wait for the 2012 Olympics.Â He finished with an amateur record of 31â€“4 (26 KOs).
Professional boxing career
Fury made his professional debut at the age of 20 on 6 December 2008 in Nottingham, on the undercard ofÂ Carl Froch vs. Jean PascalÂ against Hungarian fighter Bela Gyongyosi (3-9-2), who Fury defeated via TKO in the first round with a combination to head and body.Â He then had six more fights in the space of seven months, defeatingÂ Marcel ZellerÂ (21-3), Daniil Peratyakto (15-20),Â Lee SwabyÂ (23-22-2), Matthew Ellis (20-6-1),Â Scott BelshawÂ (10-1) and Aleksandrs Selezens (3-6) all via knockout within 4 rounds.
On 11 September 2009, Fury foughtÂ John McDermottÂ (25-5, 16 KOs) for the English heavyweight title, and won via aÂ points decision.Â Fury came in as a 1â€“6 favourite but produced a poor display, and the 98â€“92 decision by the referee Terry O’Connor was criticised.Â The decision led the British Boxing Board of Control to mandate three judges for all English titles, and the board ordered a rematch.
Fury scored two more victories against Tomas Mrazek (4-22-5) and Hans-Joerg Blasko (9-3) before facing McDermott in a rematch on 25 June 2010. Fury settled the controversy of the first fight, as he knocked down McDermott three times, first in the 8th round then twice in the 9th round to win by TKO. Up to this point, McDermott had not been knocked down in his 32-fight career. Fury won the English heavyweight title for a second time in the process.Â Another three wins followed: a points decisions over American fighters Rich Power (12-0) and Zack Page (21-32-2) in two 8-round matches, and a knockout of the Brazilian Marcelo Luis Nacimento (13-0) in the 5th round.
On 23 July 2011, Fury faced undefeated heavyweightÂ Dereck ChisoraÂ for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles at Wembley Arena in London. Although Chisora was aged 27 and Fury just 22 years old, both men went into the fight with a record of 14â€“0. Despite Fury’s superior size and reach, Chisora was the favourite. After 12 hard-fought rounds Fury won via unanimous decision 117â€“112, 117â€“112, and 118â€“111, with the fight shown live on free-to-airÂ Channel 5.Â PromoterÂ Mick HennessyÂ said the fight peaked at around 3 million viewers.
On 17 September 2011, Fury fought 32-year-old fringe contender Nicolai Firtha (20â€“8â€“1, 8 KO) in a non-title bout at theÂ King’s Hall, Belfast. Firtha took the fight on two weeks’ notice. The opening two rounds were dominated by Fury. In round 3, Firtha landed a big punch which looked to trouble Fury. Fury regained control of the fight by the next round and forced the referee to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 19 seconds on round 5. Fury admitted he got caught flush, “He caught me with a good punch and I had to come back from it.”Â The fight averaged 1.03 million viewers on Channel 5.
Fury returned to the ring on 12 November at theÂ Event CityÂ inÂ Trafford Park, ManchesterÂ to defend his Commonwealth heavyweight title against undefeated Canadian heavyweight championÂ Neven PajkicÂ (16-0, 5 KOs). Fury suffered an early scare after being knocked down in round 2 following a big right hand. Although Pajkic hobbled Fury again at the outset of round 3, Fury came back to knock down Pajkic twice during that round. The referee stopped the fight after the last knockdown, much to the protest of Pajkic, who declared himself ready to fight on. Many at ringside thought the stoppage premature.Â The fight averaged 1.72 million viewers on Channel 5.
Fury vacated his British and Commonwealth belts in order to pursue a future world title match. Speaking to the media he spoke of his decision to vacate the belts, “I vacated the British and Commonwealth titles, which some people say are more prestigious than the Irish title, but not to me. I vacated those belts for an Irish title shot because it meant more to me. All my people are from Ireland. I was born in Manchester but I am Irish.”. On 14 April 2012, Fury traveled to Belfast to fight at the Odyssey Arena for the vacant Irish heavyweight title. His opponent was veteranÂ Martin RoganÂ (14â€“2, 7 KOs). Rogan had not fought in 18 months and had not beaten an opponent with a winning record since 2009. AtÂ 245Â 3â„4Â pounds (111.5Â kg), Fury was fighting at the lightest weight of his professional career to date. Fury put Rogan on the canvas with a left hook in the third round. Rogan went down again in round 5 from a body shot. Rogan made it to his feet, but the bout was stopped at the request of his corner.Â The fight averaged 1.33 million viewers on Channel 5.
On 7 July, Fury fought for the vacantÂ WBOÂ Inter-continental heavyweight title against American boxerÂ Vinny MaddaloneÂ (35â€“7, 26 KOs) at the Hand Arena inÂ Clevedon, Somerset. Fury weighed 245.5 pounds (111.4Â kg), marginally lighter than the Rogan fight. Maddalone entered with a record of 4â€“3 in his previous seven bouts. Fury improved his record to 19â€“0 with 14 stoppage wins, with a fifth-round technical knockout over Maddalone. Fury controlled the fight from the onset and stunned Maddalone with a combination in the opening round. Fury continued to land heavy punches and opened a cut under his opponent’s left eye in the fourth. In round 5, with Maddalone taking punches, the referee stepped in and called an end to the bout with blood streaming out of the cut under the veteran’s left eye. It was the fifth knockout loss of Maddalone’s professional career. In the post-fight interviews, Fury said, “I knew it was a matter of time. I actually called the referee over, he was taking some big shots. I’m still undefeated. I would like to say I’m ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos, bring them on. Americans, bring them on. Bring onÂ Tomasz Adamek. He’s too small for me and I see an early win for me.” PromoterÂ Mick HennessyÂ also stated a world title fight was “two or three fights away”, targeting Adamek next.Â The fight averaged 1.05 million viewers on Channel 5.
Rise through the ranks
On 12 November 2012, it was announced that Fury would fight American world title contenderÂ Kevin JohnsonÂ (28â€“3â€“1, 13 KOs) in aÂ WBCÂ title eliminator at theÂ Odyssey ArenaÂ in Belfast on 1 December. Fury said, “Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one.”Â Fury won via unanimous decision over Johnson. After 12 rounds, the judges scored it 119â€“110, 119â€“108, and 119â€“108 in favour of Fury. Many media outlets including the BBC and ESPN dubbed the fight as a poor showing. Fury claimed he would score a good win, just as rivalÂ David PriceÂ did when he stoppedÂ Matt SkeltonÂ a night earlier, but instead eased to a decision victory. Fury, with the win, was in line to challenge for the WBC title, held at the time by Vitali Klitschko.Â The fight averaged 1.37 million viewers on Channel 5.
On 20 February 2013, it was reported that Fury would fight highly ranked American former cruiserweight world championÂ Steve CunninghamÂ (25â€“5, 12 KOs) in his United States debut atÂ Madison Square Garden TheaterÂ on 20 April. The bout was an IBF title eliminator to determine the number 2 world ranking, with the winner then needing to fight unbeaten Bulgarian heavyweightÂ Kubrat PulevÂ for the mandatory position for a shot at the long reigning world championÂ Wladimir Klitschko. Cunningham came into the fight on the rebound from a controversial split decision loss toÂ Tomasz Adamek.Â At the weigh in, Cunningham was 44 pounds (20Â kg) lighter, at 210 pounds (95Â kg) to Fury’s 254 pounds (115Â kg).
Fury fought wildly in the first two rounds of the bout, and was floored by Cunningham in the 2nd round. However, Fury rebounded and handed Cunningham the first knockout defeat of his career with a right hand in the seventh round. Fury was also docked a point in round 5 following a headbutt.Â A week after the fight, Cunningham spoke to ATG Radio, claiming that Fury used an illegal manoeuvre to knock him out, “He held me with his forearm. He pushed me in the corner twice â€“ which is illegal â€“ and then he pushed me with his forearm, cocked my head to the left and threw a right hook.”Â The fight card aired on NBC in the late afternoon and averaged 1.2 million viewers, peaking at 1.7 million.Â In the UK, the fight aired on Channel 5 and averaged 1.54 million viewers.Â The win over Cunningham gave Fury a world ranking of 7 according toÂ BoxRec, a number 2 ranking according to theÂ IBF, 6th with theÂ WBC, and 5th with theÂ WBO.
Fury was due to fightÂ David HayeÂ (26â€“2, 24 KOs) on 28 September 2013, in a fight which would have seen Fury fight on a pay-per-view platform for the first time.Â However, Haye pulled out of the fight on 21 September, after sustaining a cut, which required six stitches, above the eye during training.Â The fight was originally postponed to 8 February 2014. Haye pulled out of the fight a second time on 17 November, stating that he had a career-threatening shoulder injury which required surgery, and hinted at his retirement.Â Fury believed that Haye was making excuses because he did not want the fight, saying “I’m absolutely furious but in all honesty this is exactly what I expected. Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted this fight.” Aside from training camp expenses, Haye also cost Fury his positions in the world rankings including an IBF final eliminator bout which would have made him mandatory for a shot at the world title.
On 24 January 2014 it was announced that Fury would fight at the Copper Box Arena against Argentine veteranÂ Gonzalo Omar BasileÂ (61â€“8, 27KO) on 15 February.Â On 5 February, Basile pulled out of the fight due to a lung infection. He was replaced by American journeymanÂ Joey AbellÂ (29â€“7, 28 KOs).Â Fury won the fight via 4th-round TKO, which set up a rematch with Chisora in the summer. Ring rust showed in the opening two rounds with Abell connecting with left hands, which had Fury against the ropes. But Fury managed to compose himself and get behind the jab. In the third round, Fury floored Abell with a right hand. Abell beat the count but was floored again, this time being saved by the bell. Two more knockdowns followed in round 4 ending the fight.Â After the fight, Fury took to the microphone, “Tyson too fast Fury, that’s the name, fighting’s the game and these are bums compared to me. I wantÂ Wladimir Klitschko, he’s avoiding me, let’s get it on Wlad.”
European heavyweight champion
Fury was due to fight rival and heavyweight contenderÂ Dereck ChisoraÂ for the second time on 26 July 2014, for the European and once again the British heavyweight title.Â On 21 July, Chisora was forced to pull out after sustaining a fractured hand in training. BelarusianÂ Alexander UstinovÂ was lined up as Chisora’s replacement in the bout scheduled to take place at theÂ Manchester Arena,Â Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill.Â However, Fury and Chisora rescheduled the rematch for 29 November 2014 atÂ ExCeL London. The bout was also a WBO title eliminator and shown live onÂ BoxNation.Â Fury was victorious again after dominating the fight up until Chisora’s corner pulled him out at the end of the 10th round. Fury also used a southpaw stance for the majority of the fight, despite the traditional right-handed orthodox stance being his preference. Fury used his jab to trouble Chisora and stayed on the outside with his longer reach to dominate the fight. Chisora failed to land any telling punches, and due to Fury’s awkward fighting style, ended up hitting him below the belt. Chisora was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell in the first round. After the fight, Fury said, “Wladimir Klitschko, I’m coming for you, baby. I’m coming. No retreat, no surrender.” PromoterÂ Mick HennessyÂ said Fury would likely fight once more before challenging for the world title.
On 26 December 2014, Sky Sports News announced that Fury would fight once more before challenging Klitschko for his world titles. His opponent wasÂ Christian HammerÂ (17â€“3, 10 KOs) and the fight took place on 28 February 2015 at theÂ O2 ArenaÂ in London. Fury said he went for an opponent that would give him a challenge rather than an “easier” opponent, before challenging Klitschko.Â Fury went on to win the fight when it came to a halt in the 8th round viaÂ RTD. Fury dominated the fight from the opening bell and dropped Hammer in round 5 following a short right hook. Following the fight, Fury called out Wladimir Klitschko again, stating he was ready for his world title shot.
Unified heavyweight world champion
In July 2015, it was confirmed that Fury would fightÂ Wladimir KlitschkoÂ in a world heavyweight title showdown, for theÂ WBA (Super),Â IBF,Â WBO,Â IBO,Â LinealÂ andÂ The RingÂ heavyweightÂ titles. Initially scheduled for 24 October 2015, the fight was postponed to 28 November 2015 after Klitschko sustained a calf injury. For this match, Fury trained with the highest ranked heavyweight kickboxers inÂ GLORY,Â Rico VerhoevenÂ andÂ Benjamin Adegbuyi.
The fight took place atÂ Esprit ArenaÂ inÂ DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany. Prior to the fight taking place on the night, there was much controversy, first starting with the gloves, then there was a complaint about the ring canvas. Klitchsko reportedly had his hands wrapped without a representative of Fury, so had to do them again. Fury won after twelve rounds by a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 115â€“112, 115â€“112, and 116â€“111.Â Klitschko and Fury showed little offence during the 12 rounds, but Fury was more active and did enough each round to take the decision. Klitschko landed 52 of 231 punches thrown (23%) and Fury landed 86 of 371 thrown (23%).
In the post-fight interview, an emotional Fury said, “This is a dream come true. We worked so hard for this. I’ve done it. It’s hard to come to foreign countries and get decisions. It just means so much to me to come here and get the decision.” He then took the microphone and thanked Klitschko, “I’d like to say to Wladimir, you’re a great champion. And thanks very much for having me. It was all fun and games during the buildup.”
Klitschko failed to throw his well-known right hand, mostly due to Fury’s constant movement and mocking. He said, “Tyson was the faster and better man tonight. I felt quite comfortable in the first six rounds, but I was astonished that Tyson was so fast in the second half as well. I couldn’t throw my right hand because the advantage was the longer distance he had.” Klitschko had a rematch clause in place.
On 8 December 2015, the IBF stripped Fury of its title, as the contract for the fight against Klitschko included a rematch clause, precluding Fury from facing the IBF’s mandatory challengerÂ Vyacheslav Glazkov. Fury had held the IBF belt for only 10 days.
Relinquishing world titles
Following months of negotiation, the rematch with Klitschko was announced on 8 April 2016, this time with the fight scheduled to take place in Fury’s hometown ofÂ ManchesterÂ at theÂ Manchester ArenaÂ on 9 July 2016. Despite agreeing terms for the rematch, Fury said he had “no motivation” and had gained an extreme amount of weight after the first fight, as he weighed over 330 pounds (150Â kg) by April 2016.Â On 24 June 2016, it was announced that this fight would be postponed to a later date due to Fury sustaining a sprained ankle in training.Â On the same day, Fury and his cousin,Â Hughie Fury, were charged byÂ UK Anti-DopingÂ “with presence of a prohibited substance”, namelyÂ nandrolone, from a sample taken 16 months previously in February 2015. Tyson and Hughie said that they “strenuously deny” the charge.Â On 23 September, Fury again postponed the fight after being declared “medically unfit”.Â ESPN reported that Fury had failed a drug test forÂ cocaineÂ a day before the second postponement. Fury cited problems withÂ depressionÂ after the positive test for cocaine.
Fury’s mental health deteriorated after winning the world titles. On 4 October 2016, in an interview withÂ Rolling Stone, Fury said â€œIâ€™m going through a lot of personal demons, trying to shake them off, this has got nothing to do with my fighting â€“ what Iâ€™m going through right now is my personal life. I’ve not been in a gym for months. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what Iâ€™m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. Never mind cocaine. I just didn’t care. I don’t want to live anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore. I am seeing help, but they can’t do nothing for me. What I’ve got is incurable. I don’t want to live. All the money in the world, fame and glory, means nothing if you’re not happy. I’m seeing psychiatrists. They say I’ve got a version ofÂ bipolar. I’m a manic depressive. I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day. And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife isn’t it? But I don’t want to live anymore. And if I could take me own life â€“ and I wasn’t a Christian â€“ I’d take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill me self. I’ll have to spend eternity in hell. Iâ€™ve been out drinking, Monday to Friday to Sunday, and taking cocaine. I canâ€™t deal with it and the only thing that helps me is when I get drunk out of me mind.”
On 12 October 2016, pending investigation on an anti-doping case about his cocaine use, nandrolone findings, and being deemed medically unfit to fight, Fury decided to vacate theÂ WBA (Unified), WBO, IBO heavyweight titles. He said “I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”Â Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy added: “Tyson will still be the lineal world heavyweight champion in everyone’s eyes. He beat the most dominant champion in the modern era of boxing on an amazing night in Germany to earn that accolade and that will never change. Whilst it’s heartbreaking to see Tyson vacate the world titles that he worked so long and hard for all his life, what’s paramount now is that he receives the medical treatment along with the love of his family and friends and the support of the boxing world to make a full recovery.”Â Fury’s decision was based on not having to put himself under constant media pressure, allowing him time to recover and receive professional medical help for his mental health problems, and spend time with his family. On 13 October, theÂ British Boxing Board of ControlÂ decided to suspend Fury’s boxing licence.Â On 1 February 2018, Fury was stripped of his last remaining title,Â The RingÂ magazine’s heavyweight championship.
Issues with UKAD and BBBofC
In December 2016, Fury’s uncle Peter announced that Fury would be returning around spring in 2017 and would aim for a fight against WBC championÂ Deontay Wilder. On 23 December, Fury tweeted that he was back in training ahead of a ring return around April or May 2017. His tweet read, “I’ve had a nightmare 2016, done a lot of stuff I’m not proud of, but my promise to you is I’ll return in 2017.”Â On 6 March 2017, Fury tweeted that his return fight would take place on 13 May 2017 and he was speaking to promoterÂ Frank WarrenÂ about possible opponents. Warren had become Fury’s promoter after Fury dropped his long-time promoter Mick Hennessy.Â The date set for the return would mean Fury would be fighting on the undercard ofÂ Josh WarringtonÂ defending his WBC International featherweight title againstÂ Kiko MartinezÂ at theÂ First Direct ArenaÂ in Leeds.
Â Hours after Fury announced a comeback date, theÂ British Boxing Board of ControlÂ (BBBofC) publicly announced that Fury was still suspended and would not be fighting in May. This was confirmed by their general secretary Robert Smith. He also mentioned that there had been no contact from Fury or his representatives since the ban started in October 2016.Â Warren toldÂ ReutersÂ on 7 March, “I want to see him back in the ring as soon as possible but before that happens he’s got a couple of issues to sort out.” Warren said that along with the dispute with the BBBofC there would need to be a court hearing withÂ UK Anti-DopingÂ (UKAD).
Robert Smith, general secretary of the BBBofC, said in May 2017 that Fury’s case was “complex” and it had been adjourned.Â In September 2017, Fury challenged UKAD to give him a reply, and either ban him or reinstate his boxing licence. He believed he was being treated unfairly as it had taken over a year for them to reply, stating that usually the problem would be dealt with within a matter of months. Fury tweeted, “How long must I be
held up and kept out of action? It’s been 15 months since I’ve been under investigation, you’re keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.” UKAD stated there was no particular timescale involved,Â but denied claims that they were prolonging the hearing. Instead they said they were trying to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
On 8 November 2017,Â BBC SportÂ reported that a National Anti-Doping Panel hearing was due to take place in December. Due to the legal battle between Fury and UKAD, it was believed that UKAD could potentially becomeÂ insolventÂ or would need a government bail out. UKAD reportedly have an annual budget of Â£8 million, and the fact that Fury had not fought for two years would have caused potential loss of earnings, possibly over Â£10 million. UKAD asked the government if they could underwrite the case.Â On 23 November, according to Robert Smith of the BBBofC, a hearing was set for a date in December 2017.Â On 25 November 2017, Fury announced his comeback after signing with managerial groupÂ MTK Global.Â A hearing start date of 11 December was set, with a potential outcome being Fury facing a four-year ban.Â Fury did not attend the hearing and had reporters waiting outside the location for six hours before leaving.Â Mick Hennessy later stated that Fury was not required at the hearing.Â On 7 February 2018, UKAD revealed they spent Â£585,659 on the Fury case. Â£576,587 was paid to London law firmÂ Bird & Bird, barrister fees came to Â£1,130 and around Â£8,000 was paid for laboratory work. UKAD believed they could regain Â£250,000 through legal insurance.
On 12 December, UKAD announced they had agreed with the Furys and the BBBoC to resolve the charges. “Taking into account the delays in results management that meant charges were not brought in respect of the nandrolone findings until June 2016, and the provisional suspensions that Tyson and Hughie Fury have already effectively served, the two year period of ineligibility is backdated to 13 December 2015, and therefore expires at midnight on 12 December 2017.”Â Tyson’s February 2015 win over Christian Hammer was disqualified but his Klitschko triumph was not. Tyson blamed the elevated nandrolone levels on eating uncastratedÂ wild boarÂ and declared his and Hughie’s innocence, “Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one and we’re now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD and that we can move forward knowing that we’ll not be labelled drug cheats.”Â The BBBofC said they would consider the renewal of Fury’s boxing licence in January 2018.Â In relation to the news, Fury wrote on Twitter, “Guess who’s back?”
On 10 January 2018, Fury announced he would be re-applying for his boxing licence through the BBBofC.Â An interview took place between Fury and BBBofC on 19 January, where the latter agreed to re-instate Fury as long as he sent them up-to-date medical records after visiting a psychologist.Â Fury said a motivation on his return wasÂ Deontay Wilder. “He said I couldn’t do it, he said definitely not Tyson Fury. He’s done.”Â At a press conference in London on 12 April 2018, Fury announced he had signed a multi-fight deal with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. He stated that he intended to fight at least three times before 2019, starting on 9 June at the Manchester Arena.Â After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed the fight would be shown exclusively on BT Sport.Â On 20 May, 39-year-old AlbanianÂ Sefer SeferiÂ (23â€“1, 21 KOs) was announced as Fury’s opponent in a 10-round bout. Seferi was a career cruiserweight, having fought once at heavyweight, when he lost toÂ Manuel CharrÂ in 2016.Â Fury weighed 276 pounds (125Â kg) at the weigh-in, 66 pounds (30Â kg) heavier than Seferi. Fury had lost 112 pounds (51Â kg) for the fight, having experienced extreme weight gain due to his mental health problems. Fury won the fight after Seferi quit on his stool after round 4.Â The opening couple of rounds had little to no action as Fury was showboating, which referee Phil Edwards warned him for in round 2. A brawl also broke out in the crowd during the fight, but order was restored before the fight came to an end. Fury began to unload heavy shots in round 4 and it appeared many of the shots landed and hurt Seferi, hence he retired on his stool.Â After the fight, Warren confirmed Fury would next return on theÂ Carl FramptonÂ undercard on 18 August atÂ Windsor ParkÂ inÂ Belfast. It was revealed the fight, which aired exclusively onÂ BT Sport 1, peaked at 814,000 live viewers.
On 12 July 2018, it was announced that Fury would fight former two-time world title challengerÂ Francesco PianetaÂ (35â€“4â€“1, 21 KOs) on 18 August.Â Fury weighed in at 258 pounds (117Â kg), 18 pounds (8.2Â kg) lighter than he weighed against Seferi. Pianeta came in at 254.7 pounds (115.5Â kg).Â On 30 July, it was reported that there was ongoing negotiations for a fight to take place in either November or December 2018 between Fury and Wilder (40â€“0, 39 KOs).Â On 31 July, Fury stated the fight against Wilder was 99% a done deal, with only a location and date to be confirmed. Fury also had to come through in his bout against Pianeta.Â Wilder was scheduled to be in Belfast to further promote the fight.Â Fury went the full 10 rounds, defeating Pianeta via a points decision. Referee Steve Gray scored the fight 100â€“90 in favour of Fury.Â Fury later revealed he had no intention of trying to end the fight early. He said, “I think it was a calculated boxing performance. I got 10 rounds with a very tough man under my belt. I was working on my jab, slipping his punches. I thought that was a step up with the opponent and display. I needed the rounds, and I had plenty left in the tank.”Â According to CompuBox, Fury landed 107 of 620 punches thrown (17%). This included 100 power punches landed of 226 thrown (44%). Pianeta landed only 37 of his 228 punches thrown (16%).
During the post-fight interviews, promoter Warren confirmed the Fury vs. Wilder fight was on. The fight would take place in either Las Vegas or New York in November 2018. The fight would be aired on PPV in the United States onÂ ShowtimeÂ and in the UK onÂ BT Sports Box Office.Â Talking about how the fight came together, Fury said, “We have two men who will fight anyone. This man has been trying to make a fight with another chump. They called, I answered. I said: ‘Send me the contract.’ They sent it. I said ‘yes’.”Â Warren later told BBC Radio 5 live, “[It’s a] 50â€“50 [purse split], quick and smooth negotiations. He was the world heavyweight champion. He’s undefeated. [Wilder and his team] understand that. All of the terms are agreed.” By the end of August, contracts for the fight to take place had been signed.
WBC heavyweight championship
On 22 September, both Fury and Wilder confirmed they had signed the contract and the fight would take place on 1 December 2018.Â According to theÂ California State Athletic Commission, Wllder would earn a guaranteed base purse of $4 million and Fury would take home a guaranteed purse of $3 million.Â Despite Frank Warren’s original claim that the revenue would be split 50â€“50, it was revealed that Wilder could make $14 million (Â£11 million) and Fury would earn around $10.25 million (Â£8 million). Both boxers would see this increase to their base purses after receiving their percentages from pay-per-view revenue.Â The weigh-in took place on November 30, outside theÂ Los Angeles Convention Center. Fury stepped on the scale first and weighed in atÂ 256Â 1â„2Â pounds (116.3Â kg). This was only 2 pounds (0.91Â kg) lighter than his weigh-in against Francisco Pianeta in August 2018, but he looked leaner. Wilder was next to step on and came in atÂ 212Â 1â„2Â pounds (96.4Â kg), his lowest since his debut in 2008 when he weighedÂ 207Â 1â„4Â pounds (94.0Â kg). For his last bout, Wilder weighed 214 pounds (97Â kg), however, it was cited that Wilder suffered from an illness during his training camp.
In front of a crowd of 17,698 at the Staples Center, Wilder and Fury fought a 12-round split decision draw, meaning Wilder retained his WBC title. Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored the fight 115â€“111 for Wilder, Canadian judge Robert Tapper had it 114â€“112 for Fury and British judge Phil Edwards scored it a 113â€“113 draw.Â The crowd booed at the decision with many believing Fury did enough to dethrone Wilder. Fury, using his unorthodox stance, spent much of the fight using upper and lower-body movement to avoid Wilder big shots and stay out of range. There was not much action in round 1 as both boxers used the round to feel each other out. Wilder tried to trap Fury into the corner, but Fury made Wilder miss most of his big swings. In round 4, Wilder bloodied Fury’s nose with his stiff jabs, but was unable to follow up on the attacks. In round 6, Fury switched to southpaw stance and had success backing Wilder against the ropes and at the same time stayed cautious of Wilder’s power. In round 7, after trading jabs, which saw Fury come out on top, Fury landed a counter right hand, then quickly tied Wilder up before he could throw anything back. Round 8 saw back and forth action with both trying to land. Wilder threw a lot of power shots which Fury mostly evaded. In round 9, Wilder finally dropped Fury with a short left hook followed by an overhand right. Fury beat referee Jack Reissâ€™ count and survived the round. Having expended a lot of energy trying to finish Fury in round 9, Wilder looked fatigued in round 10. This came to as an advantage for Fury as he landed two right hands. Fury also took advantage in round 11, landing enough shots and avoided anything Wilder could throw. In round 12, Wilder landed a right-left combination which put Fury down hard on his back. The crowd, commentary team and Wilder believed the fight was over. Reiss looked at Fury on the canvas and began giving him a count. To everyone’s surprise, Fury beat the count. Reiss made Fury walk towards him and called for the action to continue. Wilder, fatigued again, was unable to land another power shot and Fury landed some right hands to finish the round and the fight on his feet. Both boxers embraced in a hug after the final bell sounded.
According toÂ CompuBoxÂ statistics, Wilder landed 71 punches of 430 thrown (17%), and Fury landed 84 of his 327 thrown (26%). Wilder was much less accurate in this fight than he usually had been in previous fights. Fury out-landed Wilder in 9 out of the 12 rounds. Both Wilder and Fury only landed double digits in 4 separate rounds.Â After the fight, both men gave in-ring interviews. Wilder stated, “I think with the two knockdowns, I definitely won the fight. We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors. I rushed
my punches. I didn’t sit still. I was too hesitant. I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn’t adjust. I was rushing my punches. That’s something I usually don’t do.” Fury said, “We’re on away soil. I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight. I’m being a total professional here. God bless America. The ‘Gypsy King’ has returned. That man is a fearsome puncher, and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight. I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight, and I fought my heart out.”Â Wilder and Fury both claimed to be the best heavyweights in the world and both called out unified world championÂ Anthony Joshua. Fury shouted, â€œChicken! Chicken! Joshua, where are you?â€ Wilder then agreed to state the two best heavyweights got into the ring and fought.
The event was both a critical and a commercial success. The fight sold approximately 325,000Â pay-per-viewÂ buys on Showtime in the United States, grossing around $24 million, making it the most lucrative heavyweight fight in the country sinceÂ 2003.Â Showtime’s delayed broadcast a week later drew an average 488,000 viewers and peaked at 590,000 viewers.Â Despite the commercial success of the fight, promoterÂ Bob ArumÂ believes it was meagre in comparison to the bout’s potential. Arum said Fury vs. Wilder II could surpassÂ Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, which grossed over $600 million, saying: “They were the little guys, here we have the biggest men in the sport.”
After the fight with Wilder, Fury secured a five-fight contract withÂ ESPNÂ andÂ Top RankÂ worth Â£80 million ($100 million). He made his return to the ring at theÂ MGM Grand Garden ArenaÂ inÂ Las VegasÂ against the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight championÂ Tom SchwarzÂ (24â€“0, 16 KOs) on 15 June 2019. This was Fury’s first fight in Las Vegas.Â Fury weighed 263 pounds (119Â kg), compared to Schwarz’sÂ 235Â 1â„2Â pounds (106.8Â kg).Â He was in complete control of the fight, peppering the undefeated Schwarz in round one before
finishing him in the second round by TKO, to take Schwarz’s WBO Inter-Continental title. During the fight, FuryÂ purposely backed up against the ropes and let Schwarz unload, using head movement to evade the strikes and generating applause from the 9,000 people in attendance.
Fury fought again in Las Vegas against former WBA Continental heavyweight championÂ Otto WallinÂ (20â€“0, 13 KOs) on 14 September, at theÂ T-Mobile Arena. Promoter Frank Warren said: “It is another undefeated boxer he is facing and a contest where a victory will set up the Deontay Wilder rematch.”Â Fury scaled at 254.4 pounds (115.4Â kg), his lightest since facing Klitschko in 2015, when he weighed 247 pounds (112Â kg). The Swedish southpaw Wallin came in at exactly 236 pounds (107Â kg).Â Fury won by unanimous decision 116â€“112, 117â€“111, and 118â€“110. Fury suffered a serious cut above his right eye in the third round from a short left hook, as well as a cut over his right eyelid from an accidental clash of heads in the fifth which affected his vision for the rest of the fight and prompted a ringside doctor to be consulted in the sixth. After an examination, Fury said he was able to continue and the doctor agreed. In the second half of the fight, Fury repeatedly hit Wallin with solid shots. Wallin came back in the twelfth with his best punch of the fight, a clean left hand which momentarily troubled Fury. After tying Wallin up in a clinch, Fury saw out the round, receiving the decision victory and the WBC Mayan belt, a commemorative title awarded to the winner of a high-profile fight held duringÂ Mexican national holidays.Â According to CompuBox, Fury landed 179 of 651 total punches (27%) while Wallin connected with 127 of 334 total punches (38%). Of these total punches, Fury landed 127 power punches to Wallin’s 84.Â In his in-ring interview, Fury praised the performance of Wallin, who was a more than 10â€“1 underdog, and expressed condolences as Wallin’s father had recently died. Fury then called out Wilder for a rematch in February 2020.
On 27 November 2019, ESPN announced that Fury would face Deontay Wilder on 22 February 2020, in a rematch of their bout in 2018, which resulted in a controversial draw.Â In the build-up to the rematch, Fury split with trainer Ben Davison, who had coached Fury since late 2017 and helped him lose the large amount of weight he had gained during his hiatus and restore him to fighting condition. Davison was nominated for 2018 Trainer of the Year due to his role in Fury’s successful return to the ring. The split was described as amicable and Davison wished Fury good luck in the rematch against Wilder. Fury then announced he had partnered with Javan “SugarHill” Steward, nephew of Hall-of-Fame trainerÂ Emanuel Steward, and that he would return toÂ Kronk Gym, where he briefly trained in 2010.Â The rematch was officially announced on 27 December 2019, and the venue was set as theÂ MGM Grand Garden ArenaÂ in Las Vegas.Â The fight contract included a clause in which the loser can invoke a trilogy fight if he chooses.
Fury weighed in at 273 pounds (124Â kg), the third heaviest weight of his professional career and 17 pounds (7.7Â kg) heavier than his weight for the first Wilder bout. He stated in the lead-up to the fight that he wanted extra size and power to look for a knockout. Wilder weighed in at 231 pounds (105Â kg), the heaviest of his career.Â Fury started the fight by taking the centre of the ring and establishing his jab. He looked for some big shots, while evading Wilder’s swings. In the third round, Fury floored Wilder with a strong right hand to the temple. Wilder beat the count and survived the round but was visibly disoriented, as blood began to stream from his left ear. Wilder fell to the canvas twice more, but they were ruled as slips by the refereeÂ Kenny Bayless, before Fury knocked Wilder down again in the fifth round with a quick combination punctuated by a left hook to the body. Wilder made it to his feet again, but was unable to muster much in the way of a counterattack and he was now bleeding from the mouth as well as the ear. The fight was stopped midway through the seventh round after a flurry of hard-hitting shots from Fury caused Wilder’s corner to throw in the towel to save him from further punishment.Â At the time of stoppage Fury was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards 59â€“52, 58â€“53, and 59â€“52, with the irregular scores due to Bayless deducting a point from Fury in the fifth for holding.
According to CompuBox, Fury landed 82 of his 267 total punches (31%), including 58 out of 160 power punches (36%). Wilder landed 34 of his 141 total punches (24%), including 18 out of 55 power punches (33%).Â By defeating Wilder, Fury became the first man to defeat two champions who had 10 or more defences of their world championship (Klitschko with 18 defences, and Wilder with 10 defences).Â Fury also became the third heavyweight, afterÂ Muhammad AliÂ andÂ Floyd Patterson, to holdÂ The RingÂ magazine title twice, and the first heavyweight in history to have held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, andÂ The RingÂ magazine titles.Â With a gate of $16,916,440, the fight broke the gate record for a heavyweight bout in Nevada set byÂ Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis IIÂ in November 1999.
Professional wrestling career
Fury made an appearance in anÂ angleÂ onÂ WWE‘s debut ofÂ SmackDownÂ onÂ FoxÂ on 4 October 2019. He stared downÂ Braun StrowmanÂ during his match, and Strowman later threw one of his opponents,Â Dolph Ziggler, at Fury. After the match, Fury jumped the barricade, but was stopped by security. The WWE announced that Fury would be given anÂ open micÂ for the following episode ofÂ Raw.Â Â Fury appeared in the last segment of the 7 October 2019
rowman would have a match atÂ WWE Crown Jewel,Â with the contract having been signed on the 15 October episode ofÂ Monday Night Raw. Fury defeated Strowman by Countout at Crown Jewel.Â Fury reportedly earned Â£11.9 million ($15 million) for his participation.
In September 2019,Â Penguin Random HouseÂ imprint Century secured the publishing rights to Fury’s autobiography, titledÂ Behind the Mask: My Autobiography. It was released on 14 November 2019 andÂ Behind the MaskÂ reached the number-one bestseller position on Amazon with 24 hours of its release.Â He appeared in a four-partÂ ITVÂ documentary namedÂ Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King, which is a series about Fury’s life with his wife Paris and children while preparing to headline for the first time in Vegas.
Known for his habit of impromptu singing, Fury regularly gained media attention for singing songs in the boxing ring after matches and during promotional events.Â In 2019, Fury appeared as a guest vocalist on British singer-songwriterÂ Robbie Williams‘ studio albumÂ The Christmas Present, for the song “Bad Sharon”.
Fury has expressed an interest in competing inÂ mixed martial arts. In November 2019, he had a training session withÂ Darren Till, who said there is a 70% chance that Fury will compete in MMA.Â Fury also mentioned thatÂ Conor McGregorÂ has offered to train him should he crossover to MMA.
After Fury became world champion in 2015, the British media began to scrutinise what he had said in the past. He received criticism for having said that he would “hang” his sister if she wasÂ promiscuous, as well as comments made in an interview before the Klitschko fight in which he denounced abortion, paedophilia, and homosexuality, saying that the legalisation of these behaviours would bring forth a Biblical reckoning.Â He was nominated for the 2015Â BBC Sports Personality of the Year AwardÂ but around 140,000 people signed a petition claiming that his equation of homosexuality with paedophilia should disqualify him. He ultimately came fourth in the SPOTY award and said at the ceremony, “I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it is with intentions to hurt anybody. I apologise to anyone that’s been hurt by it.”Â He also was criticised for comments onÂ bestiality, transgender people, and “Jewish people who own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations” in a May 2016 interview.Â The interview was later deleted and Fury apologised: “I said some things which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public and then my words can get taken out of context. I mean no harm or disrespect to anyone and I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard.”
Fury was formerly known for his attention-grabbing antics, such as arriving at a press conference in aÂ LamborghiniÂ and wearing aÂ BatmanÂ costume. After his hiatus, he has said that he does not want to “play a character anymore”. He stated in November 2017, “I feel I have a story to tell, a massive one. The stuff I’ve been through, depression, mental health problems. It can help and inspire others. From 18 stone to 27. From a clean living man to drugs and alcohol and back to the heavyweight world champion again. I hope the legacy and story I leave behind will help others in the future of what to do and not to do.”Â Since his return to the ring and his strong performance against Wilder, Fury has been dubbed “The People’s Champion” due to his open and honest discussion about his mental health struggles.Â He is currently an Ambassador for the former British world championÂ Frank Bruno‘s mental health charity, The Frank Bruno Foundation.
Fury met his wife Paris (nÃ©e Mullroy) when she was 15 and he was 17.Â Like Fury, Paris is a practisingÂ CatholicÂ and was raised in a Gypsy family. They began dating the year after they met, and married in 2008 at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church inÂ Doncaster, South Yorkshire.Â The couple have since had five children together.Â Paris also suffered aÂ miscarriageÂ before Fury’s cancelled bout with Ustinov in 2014,Â and lost another child on the day of Fury’s comeback fight against Seferi in 2018.
Fury and his family reside inÂ Morecambe, Lancashire.Â In September 2015, he expressed an interest in running as an independent candidate to be theÂ UK Member of ParliamentÂ forÂ Morecambe and Lunesdale, opining that the government was overly focused on providing services for immigrants and not enough on homeless people and those with drug and alcohol problems. He also suggested that Britain shouldÂ leave the European Union.Â Fury donated his Â£7 million purse from his first match against Wilder to charities to build homes for homeless alcohol and drug addicts in the United Kingdom.
In April 2016, Fury spoke about the racial abuse he receives as a Gypsy world champion, because “no one wants to see a Gypsy do well”.Â He stated, “I am a Gypsy and that’s it. I will always be a Gypsy, I’ll never change. I will always be fat and white and that’s it. I am the champion yet I am thought of as a bum.”
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary||hide|
|31Â fights||30 wins||0 losses|
|31||Win||30â€“0â€“1||Â Deontay Wilder||TKO||7 (12),Â 1:39||22 Feb 2020||Â MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won WBC, vacantÂ The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|30||Win||29â€“0â€“1||Â Otto Wallin||UD||12||14 Sep 2019||Â T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|29||Win||28â€“0â€“1||Â Tom Schwarz||TKO||2 (12),Â 2:54||15 Jun 2019||Â MGM Grand Garden Arena,Â Paradise,Â Nevada, US||Won WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|28||Draw||27â€“0â€“1||Â Deontay Wilder||SD||12||1 Dec 2018||Â Staples Center,Â Los Angeles, California, US||ForÂ WBC heavyweight title|
|27||Win||27â€“0||Â Francesco Pianeta||PTS||10||18 Aug 2018||Â Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|26||Win||26â€“0||Â Sefer Seferi||RTD||4 (10),Â 3:00||9 Jun 2018||Â Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|25||Win||25â€“0||Â Wladimir Klitschko||UD||12||28 Nov 2015||Â Esprit Arena,Â DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany||WonÂ WBA (Super),Â IBF,Â WBO,Â IBO,Â The Ring, andÂ linealÂ heavyweight titles|
|24||Win||24â€“0||Â Christian Hammer||RTD||8 (12),Â 3:00||28 Feb 2015||Â The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBO International heavyweight title|
|23||Win||23â€“0||Â Dereck Chisora||RTD||10 (12),Â 3:00||29 Nov 2014||Â ExCeL, London, England||WonÂ European, WBO International, and vacant British heavyweight titles|
|22||Win||22â€“0||Â Joey Abell||TKO||4 (10),Â 1:48||15 Feb 2014||Â Copper Box Arena, London, England|
|21||Win||21â€“0||Â Steve Cunningham||KO||7 (12),Â 2:55||20 Apr 2013||Â The Theater at Madison Square Garden,Â New York City, New York, US|
|20||Win||20â€“0||Â Kevin Johnson||UD||12||1 Dec 2012||Â Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|19||Win||19â€“0||Â Vinny Maddalone||TKO||5 (12),Â 1:35||7 Jul 2012||Â Hand Arena,Â Clevedon, England||Won vacantÂ WBOÂ Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|18||Win||18â€“0||Â Martin Rogan||TKO||5 (12),Â 3:00||14 Apr 2012||Â Odyssey Arena,Â Belfast, Northern Ireland||Won vacantÂ Irish heavyweight title|
|17||Win||17â€“0||Â Neven Pajkic||TKO||3 (12),Â 2:44||12 Nov 2011||Â EventCity,Â Manchester, England||RetainedÂ CommonwealthÂ heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16â€“0||Â Nicolai Firtha||TKO||5 (12),Â 2:19||18 Sep 2011||Â King’s Hall,Â Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|15||Win||15â€“0||Â Dereck Chisora||UD||12||23 Jul 2011||Â Wembley Arena, London, England||WonÂ BritishÂ andÂ Commonwealth heavyweight titles|
|14||Win||14â€“0||Â Marcelo Luiz Nascimento||KO||5 (10),Â 2:48||19 Feb 2011||Â Wembley Arena, London, England|
|13||Win||13â€“0||Â Zack Page||UD||8||19 Dec 2010||Â ColisÃ©e Pepsi,Â Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|12||Win||12â€“0||Â Rich Power||PTS||8||10 Sep 2010||Â York Hall, London, England|
|11||Win||11â€“0||Â John McDermott||TKO||9 (12),Â 1:08||25 Jun 2010||Â Brentwood Centre Arena, Brentwood, England||Won vacant English heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10â€“0||Â Hans-Joerg Blasko||TKO||1 (8),Â 2:14||5 Mar 2010||Â Leisure Centre,Â Huddersfield, England|
|9||Win||9â€“0||Â Tomas Mrazek||PTS||6||26 Sep 2009||Â The O2,Â Dublin, Ireland|
|8||Win||8â€“0||Â John McDermott||PTS||10||11 Sep 2009||Â Brentwood Centre Arena,Â Brentwood, England||WonÂ EnglishÂ heavyweightÂ title|
|7||Win||7â€“0||Â Aleksandrs Selezens||TKO||3 (6),Â 0:48||18 Jul 2009||Â York Hall, London, England|
|6||Win||6â€“0||Â Scott Belshaw||TKO||2 (8),Â 0:52||23 May 2009||Â Colosseum,Â Watford, England|
|5||Win||5â€“0||Â Matthew Ellis||KO||1 (6),Â 0:48||11 Apr 2009||Â York Hall,Â London, England|
|4||Win||4â€“0||Â Lee Swaby||TKO||4 (6),Â 3:00||14 Mar 2009||Â Aston Events Centre,Â Birmingham, England|
|3||Win||3â€“0||Â Daniil Peretyatko||TKO||2 (6),Â 3:00||28 Feb 2009||Â Showground,Â Norwich, England|
|2||Win||2â€“0||Â Marcel Zeller||TKO||3 (6),Â 2:50||17 Jan 2009||Â DW Stadium,Â Wigan, England|
|1||Win||1â€“0||Â BÃ©la GyÃ¶ngyÃ¶si||TKO||1 (6),Â 2:14||6 Dec 2008||Â National Ice Centre,Â Nottingham, England|