Fury’s family is a part of the Irish traveller community, and many of his relatives have competed as bare-knuckle boxers. His father, John, competed as “Gypsy John Fury.”
It was explained in an excellent HBO Real Sports segment from 2016 that within the travelling world, the best bare-knuckle boxers earn the title of “Gypsy King.” Fury is related to two boxers, Uriah Burton and Bartley Gorman, who were both referred to as “King of the Gypsies” during their fighting careers.
Fury adopted the moniker as his own boxing nickname, and became one of the ultimate Gypsy Kings in 2015, when he stunned Wladimir Klitschko to become the world heavyweight champion.
Before he amassed what is now thought to be around £100m following one of the great sporting comebacks, Fury lived in a caravan on his dad John's land.
Fury has recently restored and customized a gypsy wagon that he proudly treks through the streets - after spending over four years renovating it.
"The Gypsy code says you must travel towards the sun, so we keep the sun towards the back." - He says.
Quietly going about his life, Fury has participated in charity work for children's hospitals, offered help and advice to aspiring boxers and supported local businesses.
That's why the boxer, a reformed character after his battle with depression, drug and alcohol abuse, is a real man of the people in these parts.
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