Feature | Apr 12 2018

The paradoxes of Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury declares he could fight for the world title tomorrow, that he's proud of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. And he enjoyed being fat. John Dennen reports on the return of a mellowed Fury
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Frank Warren and Tyson Fury Press Conference  |  Action Images/Reuters/Tony O'Brien

IT’s the same question. Who is Tyson Fury? The former heavyweight champion of the world is a mass contradictions. Was his absence from the sport self-inflicted or imposed, as he needed to resolve the fall out from a failed drug test? Was he tormented during that exile? Or did he enjoy it? Is he ready to challenge once again for the titles he used to hold? Or is the Anthony Joshua fight going to be too difficult to make?

Did he suffer in that two-and-a-half-year hiatus from boxing?  There was turmoil. He reached his lowest points, battling with despair, ballooning in weight, partying in a way that was inconducive to the life of a professional athlete. But Tyson Fury of course is unrepentant. “I actually enjoyed being fat,” he declared. “I used think I’m a real Big Poppa now… It didn’t affect my confidence. We’re all beautiful no matter fat or thin.”

But being the heavyweight champion of the world is a strange place, he reports. Every day is like Christmas Day, says Fury. “That’s what it’s like when you’re a bad man like me. There comes a point in your life when you’ve dreamed a dream, like Susan Boyle did, she dreamed a dream. And the dream became reality It’s like okay, what next? When you’re living the dream every day, what do you do?” he asks. “If it’s Christmas every single day of the year, 365 days is Christmas Day, it gets a bit boring doesn’t it? When you can go out and do what you want, when you want, go anywhere you want, eat what you want, drink what you want, nothing becomes a treat anymore. So that’s what it was really.”


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