Seven years ago, Tyson Fury cemented his legacy. “The Gypsy King” was on top of the boxing world. Seven years later, even with a few bumps in the road, Fury continues to add to his growing legacy. However, for Fury, it is more sour grapes than celebrations.
Was November 28, 2015 a gift or a curse for Fury?
On that November night, Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision to win the WBA, IBF, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles. The win ended a 22-win streak for Klitschko, who dominated the heavyweight division.
Fury looks to add to his legacy when he defends the WBC heavyweight title against Derek Chisora on December 3. Speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Fury surprised Helwani by talking critically of his crowning moment.
“I think it was a s— night, to be honest. I think it was like a curse,” Fury said when reflecting on the fight. “It’s been a pretty s—– seven years since. It was a fantastic 27 years leading to it, but a s—- seven years since. It’s almost been a curse beating Wladimir Klitschko.
“You say I’ve got everything I ever wanted. I never really wanted all the fame and all the s— that comes with being a champion, that’s not what it was about. I got everything I ever wanted by beating Klitschko. Just getting that victory over him, you don’t own your own life anymore. You can’t go anywhere, you can’t live a normal life. So, it’s not what I wanted, and it’s not a great life.”
Time took a toll on Fury after. Following his win over Klitschko, Fury relinquished the belts after dealing with drug and alcohol issues. Fury was also suspended. With time away from the sport, Fury focused on his mental health, as he has a history of depression.
Returning to action in 2018, Fury has gone 7-0-1. He beat Deontay Wilder to become WBC heavyweight champion in 2020, going 2-0-1 against him in their trilogy series. In April, Fury beat Dillian Whyte to retain the title, retiring in the process. The retirement was short-lived, as he called out the likes of Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, and Chisora.
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Following an absence from the ring, the past few months have had fight fans questioning Fury’s actions. He has already beaten Chisora twice. Fury stated he was sitting at home like a normal person with his family, except that he considers himself an “abnormal alien.” He only thrives when he is in a training camp for a fight.
As far as when his career could officially end, this time for good, anything is possible.
“I need this,” Fury went on to say about the Chisora fight, via MMA Fighting. “I need this more than I ever thought I’d ever need something, and I still have a lot to give, so here we are giving again. Giving more blood.
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“I need it mentally, physically, emotionally, I’m not ready to let it go right now. Hopefully, it’s going to be in the short distant future, there’s going to be a time where I’m ready to let it go, but I ain’t ready to let it go right now. I was watching Larry Holmes last night, and he was 43 years old, still kicking a–. I’m only 34, so there’s still plenty left in the tank. For now, I’m not ready to let it go, and we’ll see what the future holds.”