IT’S hard to imagine looking at the 6ft 9ins tower of muscle that is Tyson Fury, but he got into boxing because he was bullied as a kid.
The proud holder of the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles has not always been so big and was more David than Goliath when he was growing up in Cheshire.
Weighing just a pound when he was born seven weeks premature, Fury had the physique of a pipe cleaner until he started to develop at nine. But he grew out, rather than up, and says he got picked on until his big brother sorted out the bullies.
“I was really small until I got to nine or 10 years old, when I became tall and skinny,” said Fury. “By 14, I got a bit fat and was called the fat boy of the class.
“I was bullied, not in school, but when I played out or went to the park I’d get called all sorts of names and punched and kicked.
“My brother sorted a couple of them out and they never bullied me again, but that’s when I thought I’d go down the boxing gym and try and work it off.”
Fury claims he still gets picked on now, ironically because he is so big. “I get people trying it on with me quite a lot,” he said.
“If I’m out with my wife, I’ll get people come over and say, ‘You think you’re a fighter, I’ll fight you’. It’s always been because I’m big and they want to be able to go round town saying, ‘I’ve hit Tyson Fury. I’m a hero’.
“I know I could spark them out, but if I did they’d go to the police, get me done for assault and I’d be banned from boxing. Is it worth it? No, nothing is going to get in the way of my career.”
Fury is totally focused on becoming world champion and he will take the next step along that road on Saturday when he faces Nicolai Firtha at Belfast’s King’s Hall on Channel Five.
The 23-year-old could have gone after Wladimir Klitschko after beating Dereck Chisora, but is content to bide his time.
“It would be quite easy for me to get a fight with Wladimir over in Germany,” he said. “But I’m only a baby in heavyweight terms and don’t need that fight right now.
“I ain’t the finished article yet, nowhere near it. I’m just 25 per cent of what I can be. But in 18 months I might be ready.”
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Posted By: REsynK |
7/29/13 3:07 PM
Having an older brother to come help sort things out for you is a wonderful asset