John Fury Through the Years

John Fury is an Irish boxing cornerman, former professional boxer, and bare-knuckle combatant. He is most known for being the father of professional boxers, two-time heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson Fury and Tommy Fury.

Fury was born into an Irish Traveller family in Tuam, Galway, Ireland. When he was 4 years old, his family relocated to Manchester, England. This was because his father could not find employment in his home Ireland.

Fury competed in professional boxing for around eight years, from April 1987 to June 1995. He took part in around 13 bouts.

John Fury played his first match as a professional boxer in April 1987 at Halifax, West Yorkshire. In the match, he was defeated by rugby league player Adam Fogerty.

After that, Fury won his next six bouts until a draw with David Hopkins in February 1989 in Helsinki.

Fury received a shot at the vacant Central Area title. He competed against Neil Malpass but ended up losing on points.

After that, he bounced back with victories against upcoming British title challenger Michael Murray and upcoming Italian title challenger Cesare Di Benedetto.

Fury lost by KO to future WBO champion Henry Akinwande in his subsequent bout.

John Fury during his first loss to Henry Akinwande

After this loss, Fury went on a four-year break from the ring. He returned to compete against Steve Garber in Manchester in 1995. He ended up getting knocked out in four rounds.

Fury had an 8-4-1 record towards the end of his career.

A young Tyson Fury (right) alongside his father in 2006

Fury and retired heavyweight boxer David Haye got into a furious argument over his son’s prospects in the match before Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder. Fury predicted that Wilder would ‘crack’ because Tyson was no longer “as weak as a kitten.”

Fury often engages in verbal outbursts that border on being vulgar. He once publicly insulted Deontay Wilder by saying that he “is not fit to carry Anthony Joshua’s jockstrap.”

In a more recent documentary on his son’s rematch with Wilder, ‘Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King’, Fury made an appearance. One of the film’s last moments includes his live reaction to the match as he watched it on television at BT Studios.

John Fury with his son Tyson Fury in 2020

John Fury was appointed as a brand ambassador for the sports betting website Freebets.com officially in March 2022.

Fury was convicted of wounding with intent to cause¬†grievous bodily harm in 2011 for going out a man’s eye during a brawl in 2010. He was given an 11-year sentence. When a 12-year feud became violent at a vehicle auction in 2010, Fury placed the victim in a headlock and shoved his fingers into the victim’s eyes. This left the victim partially blind. Fury was released from prison in 2015.

John Fury with Mike Tyson

John Fury rips off his shirt and calls out Jake Paul

John Fury was first married to Amber Fury, and the two of them had four children. The four children of Amber and John are Shane Fury, John Fury Jr., Hughie Fury, and Tyson Fury.

John Fury working out with his son Tyson Fury

Shane Fury
Hughie Fury

Ramona was their only daughter but unfortunately died shortly after birth. The tragedy crushed the family, and it took them a long time to recover.

After they split up, John Fury married Chantal. John had two children with his second wife, Tommy and Roman.

John Fury with Chantal
Roman Fury and Tyson Fury
Tommy Fury
John Fury with son Tommy Fury

Tyson, Tommy, and then Shane carried on the Fury family boxing tradition after inheriting the boxing bug from their father, who also competed professionally. John helped Tyson win the British heavyweight belt by preparing him for the professional ring. According to reports, he gave Tyson Fury the name in honour of the boxing icon Mike Tyson.

Tyson Fury with cousin Hughie and half-brother Tommy
Tyson Fury with Shane Fury