The Gypsy King: from boxing to wrestling

Boxer Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury boasts an admirable professional boxing record, with 29 wins from 30 fights and 20 of those coming by way of knockout. The Gypsy King is unbeaten in the ring, with his only blip, a draw with Deontay Wilder in December 2018. The two are set for a rematch next February – a fight that has been a long time in the pipeline. In the latest Fury vs Wilder odds, the Brit is the favourite for victory. Will the fight go all the way and will either Fury or Wilder be able to make the breakthrough on February 22nd?

From winning the English heavyweight title against John McDermott in September 2009 to the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and more recently, the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title from Tom Schwarz, the Gypsy King has had a successful career.

It’s a career which could have been different, with Fury’s out-of-the-ring personal and mental health issues dominating the headlines. Forced to relinquish his unified world titles, his comeback trail with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions has been impressive. Signing a multi-fight deal, Fury continued his 100%-winning record with wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta. The previous draw against Wilder was followed by two more victories, first over Schwarz and then by unanimous decision against Otto Wallin.

Ahead of the rematch against Wilder, Fury has outlined a three-match plan before bowing out of the ring. He recently told the BBC: “Hopefully I have three fights next year, Wilder in February, Wilder in June and then maybe a farewell fight in December. Boxing’s a young man’s game. I don’t want to be in longer than I need to.”

The third fight is likely to be the winner of the Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch. But, if Luis Ortiz beats Wilder in their rematch, the Gypsy King will look to fight the Cuban instead of two bouts against Wilder.

Despite defending his lineal heavyweight title five times since winning it from Ukrainian Klitschko, Fury temporarily swapped boxing for a professional career in wrestling. While he will return to his usual sport in February, there are rumours that the Gypsy King could go on to star in WrestleMania.

Making his WWE debut in Saudi Arabia, Fury beat Braun Strowman with a trademark knockout blow. Strowman was a whopping nine stone heavier than his opponent, yet the two-time ‘WWE Raw Tag Champion’ and ‘Greatest Royal Rumble Winner’ couldn’t make those advantages pay. It was a strong debut from Fury, who has hinted he could well return to WWE in April for its flagship event.

Even Wilder was impressed, stating: “I would have loved to see how he transformed from boxing to WWE. Although WWE is more entertainment as far as acting things out and boxing is more serious.

“We risk our lives for sure, but it would have been refreshing just to see how he does. I don’t hold grudges and I don’t have ill will towards any fighter.”

With several months to go, Fury has announced he will only need six weeks to prepare for the rematch. Despite his injury in the bout against Wallin and his spell in WWE, the Gypsy King is on track to entertain the boxing community once again.

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