TYSON Fury’s rise to heavyweight fame is largely thanks to one man – his father, John.
As the head of the famous Fury family, boxing is in his blood and has passed on to his descendants.
Who is John Fury?
John Fury – known by his nickname “Gypsy John” – was born in Tuam, Galway, Ireland to a family of Irish Traveler ancestry.
He is a former professional boxer and bare knuckle fighter.
Fury’s professional boxing career spanned eight years and he was involved in a total of 13 fights.
He made his professional debut on April 28, 1987, losing to rugby league player Adam Fogerty in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
From there, Fury won hissix fights to a tie against David Hopkins in Helsinki on February 13, 1989.
He was rewarded with a shot at the vacant Central Area title against Neil Malpass but lost on points.
Fury then bounced back with wins over Michael Murray, aBritish title challenger and Cesare Di Benedetto, a future Italian title challenger.
However, in his next fight, he suffered a KO loss to future WBO Champion Henry Akinwande.
That defeat was followed by a four-year absence from the ring until Fury returned in Manchester in 1995 against his former opponent Steve Garber – he was eliminated again within four rounds.
How many children does John Fury have?
Fury has given birth to six children over the course of his life, including two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, whom he named after Mike Tyson.
He is also the father of professional boxer and reality star Tommy Fury.
Fury’s other children are Roman, Hughie and Shane.
His only daughter, Ramona, tragically passed away a few months after birth.
When was John Fury in prison?
In 2011, Fury was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for gouging out a man’s eye during a 2010 brawl.
He was given an eleven-year prison sentence.
The victim was left half-blind after a 12-year dispute erupted into violence at a 2010 car auction.
He was released from prison in February 2015.