Tyson Fury: the ‘Gypsy King’ of the boxing ring riddled with contradictions

Tyson Fury: the ‘Gypsy King’ of the boxing ring riddled with contradictions





Britain’s Tyson Fury (left) and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk during a press conference in London on November 16, 2023. (AFP)

While the rest of the boxing world is drooling in anticipation of a genuine heavyweight world title fight that will unify the division for the first time in over 20 years, Tyson Fury insists Saturday’s match-up with Oleksandr Usyk in Riyadh is all about the money.“The truth is it’s exciting to me and attractive because of the amount of money I’m getting paid,” he said this week. “Not because of the belts that’s on the line.”It is true that the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ - Fury is the son of Irish Travellers - will earn north, perhaps far north, of $100mn from the fight but there is a sense that he may just be covering up a little bit. For Gypsy King read ‘Contradiction King’.Fury, now 35, knows well enough what this fight means: a place among the very greats of boxing history.Going all the way back to Jack Dempsey in the 1920s, only 23 fighters can claim that place in the pantheon: these are great names including Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson.No one, however, has