Recently Tyson Fury ascended to new sporting heights, beating Deontay Wilder in one of the greatest fights in recent memory.
Tyson Fury is now firmly on a mission to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and his victory in Las Vegas reminded boxing fans across the globe that the Gypsy King still means business, despite having not fought for almost two years.
Tyson Fury Nickname
Why is Tyson Fury called ‘The Gypsy King’?
Fury’s nickname comes from his Irish traveller heritage on both his mother and father’s sides, which he was often spoken of during his career.
In 2016, for example, the boxer declared: “I am a gypsy and that’s it. I will always be a gypsy, I’ll never change. I will always be fat and white and that’s it. I am the champion, yet I am thought of as a bum.”
His family has a strong boxing heritage, with Fury’s father John fighting bare-knuckled and unlicensed, and later as a professional, under the nickname “Gypsy” John Fury.
The 33-year-old – whose wife Paris shares his traveller heritage – is also more distantly related to two legendary bare-knuckle boxers, Uriah Burton and Bartley Gorman – both of whom were dubbed “King of the Gypsies”, inspiring Fury’s moniker.