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​Tyson Fury Tells Mike Tyson The Amazing Story Behind His Name

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​Tyson Fury Tells Mike Tyson The Amazing Story Behind His Name

Boxer Tyson Fury was named after another famous sporting hero - Mike Tyson. And there's an inspiring story behind why Fury's dad chose to name him after the former world heavyweight champion.

Fury, 32, spoke about his early life in a 2019 episode of Mike Tyson's podcast, Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson, telling his namesake about how he'd been born into boxing culture as a 'gypsy'.

"The only thing we wanna do is fight," he joked.

Fury went on to explain he'd been 'named after Mike', at which point Tyson asked: "How did that s*** happen?!"

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Fury continued: "I'll tell you how it happened. My dad was a professional boxer in the late 80s, early 90s - heavyweight. And his hero was you.

"So when I was born 12 August 1988, I came into the world and I was eight weeks premature and I was dying, I wasn't supposed to live.

"And when I lived, my dad said, 'I'm going to call you after my favourite heavyweight, Tyson'.

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"And the doctor said, 'No, that's not going to be a good name, he's not going to be very big this guy'.

"I only weighed 1lb in weight, I was tiny. And I grew up to be 6ft 9 and 265lbs!"

Explaining how he got into boxing, Fury continued: "I never had my first amateur fight until I was, like, 16 years old, but I was brought up around boxing, I was a gym rat.

"Whenever my dad was going to the gym, I'd go to the gym with him and be hitting the bags, knocking stuff over in the gym.

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Mike Tyson. Credit: PA
Mike Tyson. Credit: PA

"I was brought up around it. My brothers, cousins, everybody boxers, and we all used to fight each other as kids growing up.

"And I decided I was going to be heavyweight champion of the world, from being a young kid."

The interview was recently reshared on TikTok by @iconicsmomentz, racking up two million views and more than 288,000 likes in the process.

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Many people commented to say Tyson looked 'honoured' by Fury's tale, pointing out his 'priceless smile'.

One person wrote: "Some people really are destined for greatness."

Another said: "A fighter since birth."

A third said of Tyson Fury: "The best name I came across so far."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Mike Tyson, Entertainment, Tyson Fury, Boxing

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