Tyson Fury, Foundation Ambassador

We’d like to welcome Tyson Fury who has joined the charity as an Ambassador.

But who is Tyson Fury? Standing at a whopping 6ft 9 inches tall it’s hard to believe that he was only 1lb when he was born. They do say that great oak trees grow from a single acorn! Fitting baby Tyson into the palm of his hand, his father named him after the current boxing champion and declared that his son would also follow his footsteps and become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Born into a travelling family in Manchester Tyson was only ever going to be a boxer. He’s from a long line of boxers, in fact, his father, John Fury fought the future WBO champion Henry Akinwande.

As an amateur boxer, Tyson won the coveted ABA Super-Heavyweight championships in 2008 and opted to “turn over” into the professional game that year. Tyson quickly rose to the top and won every title going including the English title, British title, Commonwealth title, Irish heavyweight title, EBU European title, WBO International title.

At this point, 2015, it was time to fight for the world championships. Tyson, travelled to Germany to face current WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring champion, Wladimir Klitschko, The Man of the Heavyweight Division. Klitschko had not lost a bout since 2004.

Fury, written off by many “experts” produced the most astounding display of boxing skill to completely outfox Wladimir in his own backyard and shock the world. Not even home judging could prevent Tyson from becoming the most important person in sports, the Heavyweight champion of the world.

Tyson signed the rematch but that’s when crisis hit. Whilst Fury had achieve his father’s prophecy and his own lifelong goal he was struck by crippling mental illness which caused Tyson to vacate the titles that he had worked so hard to achieve.

After time out from boxing and troubles with the British Boxing Board or Control (BBBofC) Tyson announce that he would be making his long-awaited return to the ring and fight for the belts that he never lost. Whilst Tyson had relinquished his belts, he still has the title of Heavyweight champion of the world (lineal) as any purist will attest that can only be lost upon retirement or being beaten. To be The Man, you have to beat The Man and Tyson hasn’t been beaten yet.

Following two successful return fights, Tyson, through himself into the lions den fought for Franks old title the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the world against arguably the hardest hitting boxer ever, Deontay Wilder. Again, Tyson used his skills to outbox wilder but was caught in the 9th and then again after taking a heavy shot in the 11th. It looked to be all over with Tyson on his back when remarkably he raised and beat the count, not only that, he arguably won the round and boxed Wilders ears off. Sadly, the bout was scored as a draw but Tyson publicly declared his victory against his mental health challenges.

Tyson Fury is one of the most imposing and charismatic figures world boxing has ever seen. By his own admission he has battled back from some very dark places which he speaks about openly. Whilst Tyson has had his detractors in the past, it’s clear to see that people are inspired by his journey back from ill mental health which is an ongoing process. When Tyson returned to the ring after his leave of absence, he’d lost a whopping 10st. Tyson continues to speak about his mental health on his social media platforms and the media work his does. He often responds to fans and projects messages of positivity. We’d like to thank Tyson for helping to #clearthecloud and #knockout the stigma of mental health.

Tyson Fury, we salute you champ.