WITH a surname both a blessing and a curse, Tommy Fury could have gone one of two ways. He could have either continued the fighting tradition of the Fury family, thus following in the footsteps of his big brother, Tyson, or he could have taken the easier route and used his sibling’s fame to lord it up in Manchester city centre, enjoy the party boy lifestyle, and simply reminisce about the days he followed Tyson around the world and watched him win the world heavyweight title.
That the 19-year-old has chosen the former says a lot about not only the pull of the Fury fighting family but also the discipline and determination of their latest member. Having decided on his path, Tommy Fury now makes his professional debut this Saturday (December 22) in Manchester, backed by an amateur career comprising just 12 bouts, and is convinced his futures lies in professional boxing – not amateur boxing, not in night clubs, and certainly not in the shadows of better-known relatives.
“I had a few amateur fights but hated amateur boxing because it was just like a game of tick, to be honest,” he told Boxing News. “It’s just touching and moving. I thought to myself, ‘What’s the point in trying to be an Olympian and do all these things as an amateur, when it’s not even the same sport?’