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Who are Tyson Fury’s family? John, Tommy and a gypsy boxer dynasty explained

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As Tyson Fury gets ready to defend his WBC heavyweight title against old foe Derek Chisora, it is not hard to detect a hint of pantomime around the most serious prize in sport.

Fury remains undefeated heading into the 34th fight of his professional career, having already claimed two dominant wins over Chisora, who has 33 victories to Fury’s 32 but has also lost 12 times.

Chisora and Fury have been friends outside the ring for years, meaning there has been a jovial feel to fight week that would not normally be associated with a 12-round battle for the world heavyweight championship.

Having said that, even on those occasions where Fury is all business by his own standards, his family tend to bring a unique flavour to proceedings.

Here, we take a spin through the wider clan of a traveller family enamoured with the sweet science. It’s time to meet the Furys.

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Who is Tyson Fury’s father?

John Fury was born in Ireland but grew up in Manchester, England. A veteran of bare-knuckle fighting, ‘Gypsy John’ gloved up for a moderate career under the Queensberry Rules between 1987 and 1991, with his final fight of that run a KO loss to future WBO heavyweight champion Henry Akinwande.

Fury Sr. returned to the ring four years later for a final defeat to Steve Garber, hanging his gloves up with a record of eight wins (one KO), four defeats and a draw.

In 2011, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for gouging out a man’s eye in a brawl at a car auction. That put his work guiding Tyson’s early career on hold but he was released in 2015 after serving four years and went on to become an increasingly notorious presence around his son’s fights.

John Fury made an outspoken and impassioned address to media upon Tyson’s homecoming from dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He has been a voluble member of Team Fury ever since, frequently offering to have fights with all-comers, most recently when he stripped to the waist and goaded Jake Paul in Dubai. None of these proposed scraps have come to fruition for the 58-year-old.

“Tyson Fury’s dad’s an idiot,” Dillian Whyte told iFL TV after an altercation in the build-up to his fight with Fury at Wembley earlier this year. “I was like, ‘Bro, you’re 100 years old, you’re stepping forward. If John Fury wants, he can have a fight with my dad, and my dad’s older than him.”

Does Peter Fury train Tyson Fury?

John Fury’s brother, Peter, also has a criminal past in the Manchester underworld as a notorious drugs baron. He was jailed for 10 years in 1995 for possession and intent to supply before being hit with a subsequent two-year sentence in 2008 for money laundering.

Upon his release, he channelled his focus into boxing training, having fought and lost once professionally. The first 16 fights of Tyson Fury’s professional career were guided by his late uncle Hughie, Peter and John’s brother.  A link-up with Chris Johnson brought a third-round win over Neven Pajkic but Tyson was floored for the first time in his career by an overhand right.

It was time to take it back to the family and a fruitful union with Peter Fury got off and running when he beat Martin Rogan in Belfast in April 2012, boxing out of a southpaw stance and displaying improved footwork.

Peter was credited as the mastermind of his nephew’s superb win over Klitschko, although it would prove to be their final fight together. Tyson’s two-and-a-half-year absence from the ring followed, after which he linked up first with Ben Davison and then Sugar Hill Steward.

Speaking to Rob Moore’s Disruptors Podcast in 2021, John Fury said he was “estranged” from Peter due to “boxing… that’s the downside of it, but we won’t go into that.”

The 54-year-old remains an esteemed trainer, having guided the career of former WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall. His other most notable student comes from a lot closer to home.

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Is Hughie Fury Tyson Fury’s brother?

Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury is Tyson’s cousin and trained by his father Peter. 

The 28-year-old is a former British heavyweight champion and suffered a first career loss when he was outpointed by then-WBO ruler Joseph Parker in September 2017. The Parker bout was most notable for John Fury ranting and raving at the decision afterwards, branding the ringside judges “political b******s”.

Hughie Fury has an overall record of 26-3 (15 KOs), having also come up short on similar steps up in class against Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin, although he has never been stopped.

Health issues have dogged Hughie’s career, with debilitating acne leaving him fatigued during and after fights for a number of years. He has not boxed since beating former Tyson foe Christian Hammer in October 2021, citing the effects of long-Covid.

Is Tommy Fury Tyson Fury’s brother?

The other most well-known boxer in Tyson Fury’s immediate family is his brother Tommy. Coached by John Fury, Tommy Fury is an 8-0 (4 KOs) light-heavyweight who last boxed competitively on his elder brother’s Wembley card in April. His record has been compiled against limited opposition. 

A long-running spat outside the ring with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has repeatedly failed to result in a brawl inside the ropes. He was on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s latest exhibition jaunt in Dubai in November, where he faced Rolly Lambert.

Tommy has been drawn towards the burgeoning world of celebrity and YouTube boxing since starring on reality television show Love Island in 2019, where he and his partner Molly-Mae Hague finished as runners-up.

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Which of Tyson Fury’s cousins box?

The Fury’s boxing lineage stretches beyond the family name. Tyson Fury counts Isaac Lowe and Hosea Burton among his cousins, former British champions at featherweight and light-heavyweight, respectively.

Nathan Gorman came up short in his second bid for the Lonsdale belt at heavyweight, losing to Fabio Wardley in a three-round shootout last month. Gorman is the great nephew of bare-knuckle boxing hero Bartley Gorman and is also part of the Fury clan.

Andy Lee, Ireland’s celebrated former WBO middleweight champion, hails from the same traveller community as the Furys. He and Tyson’s grandmothers were sisters. 

Lee made the introductions between Fury and Steward, allowing their successful alliance to take flight for Tyson’s second fight with Deontay Wilder. He served as the assistant trainer in Fury’s corner in Las Vegas, continuing a family affair on arguably his cousin’s greatest night of all.

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