The most anticipated battle on the 2021 boxing calendar will kick off at 4am today (October 10) as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder meet for the third time.
Heavyweight champion Fury is set to defend his WBC title against the American in Las Vegas, whom he smashed in the seventh round during their second fight in February 2020.
It was Wilder’s first defeat in his professional career and he later accused Fury of cheating, who rubbished the rumours, adding: “I’ve beat him before and I’ll do it again.”
But what about Fury’s life outside of the boxing ring?
The heavyweight champion met his wife-to-be Paris Mullroy when she was just 15 years old, and he was 17. Like Fury, Paris is a practising Catholic and was raised in an Irish Traveller family.
They began dating the year after they met, and married in 2008 at a church in Doncaster.
The couple share six children together: three sons (all named Prince) and three daughters Venezuela, Valencia Amber and Athena – who was born in August.
And the pair are set to grow their family in the coming years.
When Fury was asked why all of his sons had the first name Prince, he said: “I’m a king and they’re princes until they earn their rightful name.”
Their names in full are Prince Tyson Fury II, Prince Adonis Amaziah and Prince John James.
Fury himself is nicknamed ‘The Gypsy King’.
He also said he named his first son after Prince Naseem Hamed, who was his favourite fighter from England.
He has also been vocal about the racial abuse he receives as a Gypsy world champion, claiming that ‘no one wants to see a Gypsy do well’.
Speaking to ESPN, he said, “I am a Gypsy and that’s it. I will always be a Gypsy, I’ll never change. I will always be fat and white and that’s it. I am the champion yet I am thought of as a bum.”
Elsewhere, Fury is a keen supporter of Manchester United.
He once travelled all the way to Nice, France to watch England play in the 2016 Euros. While there, he reportedly spent 1,000 Euros on Jagerbombs while partying with fans.
He also previously expressed an interest in running as an independent candidate to be the MP for his home constituency in Morecambe, saying at the time that the Government ‘was overly focused on providing services for immigrants and not enough on homeless people and those with drug and alcohol problems’.
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