Tyson Fury recently spent time in the company of the man who gave him his name, ex-undisputed heavyweight king ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.
The pair held a conversation on Mike’s successful ‘HotBoxin’ Podcast’, where Fury told the American legend face-to-face of his father’s obsession with him during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Fury also explained how was a premature baby and weighed little more than a baseball. And dad John giving him the strongest name possible when baby Fury proved sceptical doctors wrong.
“I’m named after Mike, yes. I’ll tell you how it happened,” stated Fury during the broadcast. “My dad was a professional boxer in the late ‘80’s early ‘90’s – a heavyweight and his hero was you.
“So when I was born August 12, 1988, I came into the world and I was eight weeks premature. I was dying, I wasn’t supposed to live.
“But when I lived my dad said I’m going to call you after my favorite heavyweight Tyson.
“The doctor said no that’s not going to be a good name, he’s not going to be very big this guy.
“When I was born, I only weighed one-pound in weight. I was tiny, but I grew up to be 6ft 9in and 265-pounds. It’s crazy,” he added.
Giving Tyson a little history of his Gypsy fighting nature, Fury pointed to a one-track mind in regards to the sport.
“It goes back thousands of years,” he stated. “Yeah, they’ve been around since Christ, they’ve been moving from country to country. Every country you go to around the world you find Gypsies.
“It’s not a religion, no, it’s like a culture. The only thing we want to do is fight which is why I become a boxer,” Fury concluded.
A hard-fought win over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas kept Fury on top of the heavyweight pile as rivals Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. all prepare for action in 2019.
Wilder is due to battle Luis Ortiz on November 23, whilst Ruiz and Joshua will meet in a rematch on December 7.
Fury’s position at the helm could potentially be under threat, although that’s fully dependent on the method of victory in both of those bouts.
1/ Tyson Fury
2/ Deontay Wilder
3/ Andy Ruiz Jr.
4/ Anthony Joshua
5/ Kubrat Pulev
6/ Luis Ortiz
7/ Alexander Povetkin
8/ Dillian Whyte
9/ Otto Wallin
10/ Oscar Rivas