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  • Record: 21-0, 15KOs
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • height: 6′ 9″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Manchester, England
  • Pro Debut: December 2008
  • Pro Achievements: English, Irish, British and Commonwealth champion and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Tyson Fury turned professional in December 2008 at 20 years old, after winning the ABA finals. He stopped his first 7 opponents before facing John McDermott for the English heavyweight title. It was Fury’s first big test in the pros against the more experienced McDermott and the Mancunian giant who stands 6′,9″ was made to go the distance for the first time in his career, by a fired-up champion, determined to hang onto his title. Fury won on points but it was close, with many believing McDermott had done enough to retain against the rookie, but Fury’s work rate just nicked it. Nine months after their first fight, Fury and McDermott met again in a rematch, this time Fury left no room for controversy in the decision, he stopped Big brave John in the 9th in a rough old battle. The contest was for the English belt but also doubled has a British heavyweight title final eliminator and after just 11 fights Fury was in mandatory position to challenge for the Lonsdale belt. After another 3 wins Fury eventually got his British title shot a year later against the unbeaten champion Dereck Chisora, whose Commonwealth title was also on the line. Fury went onto outpoint Del Boy in a real war of attrition that swung backwards and forwards. But Fury took over and finished a comfortable winner on points, handing Chisora his first defeat in 15 fights in July 2011. Fury has since had 6 fights, scoring 5 KOs and in his last two fights has taken a big step into world class by beating world ranked Americans in Kevin Johnson (UD12) and former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (KO7) – In some of his last 6 fights Fury has tried to burn the candle at both ends and admits to taking his training and opponents for granted. Against Cunningham he had to drag himself off the floor in the 2nd round before going on to wear ‘USS’ down. Now trained by his uncle Hughie Fury, Tyson is reaping the rewards of being settled and is following the strict code of conduct and hard training regime that his uncle expects. Fury is responding and taking his career and conditioning as seriously has he has ever done before, which makes this naturally gifted fighter a very dangerous proposition in the world heavyweight rankings and it seems the top fighters are looking to avoid him. David Haye recently withdrew twice from facing Fury, albeit through injuries, but you get the sense that Haye new he would be up against it. Wladimir Klitschko knows it would be a big big fight against Fury and would sell not only in Germany and Ukraine, but around the world. Fury is a name boxing and he has wider appeal due to his terrestrial TV coverage, so why hasn’t Klitschko looked towards Fury? Is it because he realises the threat? In light of the Haye fight falling through, Fury and his team have signed a TV deal with Frank Warren to appear on BoxNation and will fight at the Copper Box Arena on February 15, against Argentinian Gonzalo Omar Basile. There is talk of Fury facing Chisora again in June, but there could be more twists and turns in the heavyweight division before then. Tyson Fury on Twitter: @Tyson_Fury UPDATED: British Boxing Rankings

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