Tyson Fury is preparing for the biggest fight of his career when he takes on Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this weekend.
‘The Gypsy King’ is very rarely out of the headlines whether he is in or out of the ring and his 10-year professional boxing career has seen plenty of highs and lows.
Here we chart just some of them ahead of his big night in the US, which you can bet on here.
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His shock 2016 win over the Ukrainian will go down as one, if not, his best achievement in the ring – depending on how he fares this weekend as well any other future fights.
Nobody expected him to come out on top in Germany, but his unorthodox technique proved too tough for ‘Dr Steelhammer’ to handle and Fury rightly won by a unanimous decision in with the judges scoring the contest 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 in his favour.
Securing this fight in itself is a massive high for the Manchester-born boxer.
Anthony Joshua and Matchroom Sport had been unable to secure a deal to fight Wilder up until this point and ‘The Gypsy King’ has shown a lot of guts to take this fight on.
This will only be his third fight since his return to the ring following a two-year absence and the two boxers he’s beaten – Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta – are nowhere near the level of Wilder.
He also looks to be in the best shape of his career as well after working with new trainer Ben Davison. If anyone can defy the odds again it could be Fury.
Whether you like or hate Fury, you cannot say that he doesn’t bring entertainment to the sport.
On some occasions he may go a little too far in his comments on social media or in interviews, but he is ‘box office’ in that respect. He’s very rarely out of the headlines and there is always entertainment when Fury is in town.
Fresh off the high of his biggest win in his career to date and a rematch against Klitschko, both he and his cousin Hughie Fury were charged by the UK anti-doping with a presence of a prohibited substance from a sample taking in February 2015.
Battle with depression
The suspension was just the start of his issues and following the cancellation of his rematch Klitschko it came to light that he had tested positive for cocaine and Fury cited problems with depression
Fury took it upon himself to vacate the WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles off his own back, though he would have stripped of them eventually.
Out of the ring antics
His public behaviour at times has often caused controversy as well. Before his first fight in America against Steve Cunningham back in 2013 he reportedly said to an interviewer that he would ‘hang’ his own sister if she was promiscuous.
In another interview he spoke out about fellow boxers David Price and Tony Bellew – calling them ‘gay lovers’. For those remarks he was fined £3,000.
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