British professional boxer Tyson Fury is one of the greatest boxers of his generation, having won 33 of his 34 matches, never losing a professional fight and only drawing once.
According to Forbes, Tyson Fury’s net worth stands at $62million, and in 2022 he was the 18th highest-paid athlete in the world.
More recently, the new Netflix docu-series “At Home with the Furys” gave an insight into Fury’s personal and professional life.
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We look into what Tyson Fury does, how he makes his millions and other ventures he takes on when his boxing gloves aren’t on.
Who is Tyson Fury?
Tyson Fury is a two-time British heavyweight boxing world champion who has held the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title since 2020.
He comes from an Irish Traveller family and grew up in Wythenshawe, a town south of Manchester.
Fury hails from a legacy of fighting spirits passed down through generations. His upbringing was rooted in the sport, with both his father and half-brother being professional boxers.
Named after the legendary American boxer Mike Tyson by his dad, Fury was already making waves in the amateur circuit at the age of ten, winning titles such as the EU Junior Champion and the ABA National Champion.
Owing to his Irish and English heritage, he represented both Ireland and England in amateur competitions.
As a professional, he held the Ring magazine title twice between 2015 and 2022, along with the unified heavyweight belts from 2015 to 2016.
He has had successful knockout wins against opponents like Derek Chisora, Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder.
Fury secured a five-fight deal with ESPN and Top Rank in 2019, which was valued at $100million.
According to Forbes, he made an estimated total of $60million from just two matches between 2021 and 2022 against Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte.
In December 2021, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman ordered Fury to defend his WBC title against Dillian White for $41million, becoming the highest successful purse bid in boxing history (when the highest bidder wins the right to put on the fight).
The fight took place at Wembley Stadium in London in April 2022, drawing a record-breaking crowd of 94,000 fans, where Fury ultimately won the knockout.
The boxer also boasted a bank account with £43million after victories against Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora. His venture into the UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) arena against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia earned him £50 million in 2023.
Fury is likely to receive the biggest paycheck of his career as he faces Oleksandr Usyk in May 2024. Originally slated for February, the highly anticipated clash has been postponed due to an injury sustained by Fury.
Beyond the boxing ring, Fury has made appearances in WWE events.
Tyson Fury's other business ventures
In November 2019, Fury’s autobiography “Behind the Mask” was released which featured on Amazon's bestseller list within 24 hours of its launch.
The book highlights Fury’s personal struggles with drugs, alcohol and his mental health. His second book, "The Furious Method," published in 2020, also garnered commercial success.
In his Netflix show 'At Home with the Furys', Fury shares a glimpse into his family, relationships and life outside the ring.
His media presence extends beyond the Netflix show with his appearances in documentaries such as "Meet the Furys" and "Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King."
He was a guest vocalist on Robbie Williams' album “The Christmas Present” for the song “Bad Sharon”. He also released a cover of "Sweet Caroline" in 2022 to raise money for the men's mental health charity, Talk Club.
More recently, Fury expanded his business ventures by launching a range of energy drinks under the brand “Furocity Energy”, as competition to Red Bull and Monster Energy.
Oojal has achieved a Master's degree in International Journalism from Cardiff University. She has written for several Newsquest dailies, Voice Wales, DIVA Magazine and Sony Music. Her work has revolved around covering critical social issues, such as the cost of living crisis, student poverty, industrial action, LGBTQIA+ issues and mental health. When she's not immersed in all things editorial, you can either find her walking around the streets of Cardiff, at Cineworld watching the latest film, or scrolling through cat reels wondering when she might bring one home.
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