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by Perry Mutton

Nowadays you'll find it difficult to get Tyson Fury away from the gym. With an eighteen fight unbeaten record and a reputation that is growing, the 6'9" star is one of Britain's top heavyweights. But it wasn't always so.

"When I was thirteen, me uncle Peter sat me down and looked me in the eyes. He told me I had to make a choice. And then he slapped a slice of beef on the table and then a boxing glove. “Pick one”, he said."


Fury has come a long way since he was the gangly teenager who struggled in school. He grew up quickly, putting on weight and learning how to fight. His boxing education wasn't the greatest, but it was effective. Age twenty, after a successful 35 fight amateur career, Fury was ready for his first professional fight.
"I'm not gonna lie, I wasn't what you call Mr. Professional before I first fought Bela." [Bela Gyongyosi, Tyson's first pro fight.] 

"I remember watching a repeat of the Vicar of Dibley, when it suddenly hit me; I thought 'by eck, I'm having me first fight in a few days."
That first fight was a success, with Fury scoring a first round tko. He spent the next four years getting to grips with the professional game, taking his amateur skills and honing them to be successful as a fully-fledged professional boxer.

Fury stepped up his level of competition, getting wins over top British heavyweights like John McDermott and Dereck Chisora. This has led him to where he is now, only three fights away from a world title shot. But it might never have been.
"I love making a right nice cut of ribeye steak. I love it. I bloody love wearing a butcher’s apron. Shame my fists are such bombs really, 'cos I'd have made a great butcher."
Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer and former back-up dancer for Take That, doesn't speak much of the younger Tyson. Instead, he is concentrating of preparing his nephew for the tough challenges ahead, challengers that could include names like Chris Arreola, Ruslan Chagaev, as well as Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

There is an air of expectation around Tyson now, and he will need the expert guidance of his uncle if he is to earn himself a title shot. Klitschko brothers, watch out. Tyson Fury wants to make mincemeat of you.