In recent months the Boxing’s heavyweight division has thrown up lots of possibilities and rumours regarding potential exciting future fights between some of the best in the division.
While the mayhem has been unfolding though, one thing has always been quite evident. That is that Tyson Fury’s long-awaited return to the ring has brought attention to the division.
After personal issues outside of the ring, Fury was forced to take time out of the sport. He was left reeling after testing positive for banned substance nandrolone, from tests ran in February 2015.
The accusations subsequently affected the 6ft9in giant in a dramatic way. Coming off the back of quite clearly his most notable victory, Fury was deeply affected by suggestions he beat Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko via illegal methods.
Back in May 2017, Fury opened up about his battle to get back to full health in an interview with the Telegraph.
He said: “To be honest I didn’t want to live.
“If I had cheated, fine. But I have not cheated. I beat Klitschko on ability, I don’t need a drug.
“I’m a giant already. For them to say that about me, it sent me under.
“I did not want to live any more. But I feel differently now.”
On his personal journey back to the top of boxing’s food chain, Fury has won a battle to regain his boxing license and has subsequently enter the ring for his return fight, against Sefer Seferi.
Fury entertained the Swiss in his homeland, Manchester, 9th June. With a new sponsor and a new attitude, it was all about him as BT broadcasted ‘The Gypsy king’s’ return live.
In recent video footage of Fury himself responding to comments from cruiserweight Tony Bellew, he suggested that the fight actually brought in as many as “814,000 views on BT.”
Outstanding figures to say the least. Especially when you consider the calibre of his opponent. Proved by a comfortable victory at the end of the 4th round for Fury, as his opponents team stopped the fight.
What makes Fury so popular though?
When speaking about Fury, we’re speaking about a man that makes it clear he knows his own ability, he believes he is the best. He is a man who is not afraid to make bold comments in regard to his fellow professionals. He seems to know what the public want and instead of hiding from the camera and not letting himself be heard, Fury is very much the opposite. He is a feisty, outspoken fighter, not afraid to ruffle a few feathers if needs be.
An example of this is when Fury announced to the world he would be returning to the ring. He posted a video on his Instagram page aimed at rivals Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. it read: ‘Guess who’s back running @bronzebomber @anthony_joshua counting down the days till I get in with the big stiff man AJ, I see glass. & honest promised wilder I’d kick his a** sea bass.’
If you compare Anthony Joshua to Tyson Fury, not only are they different fighters, they are different people too. In terms of the fact that Joshua is a man who goes about his business quietly and confidently, the same certainly can’t be said for ‘The Gypsy King’. A born entertainer. He is all about entertaining and has had some comical moments in the past. Think back to his entrance to a press conference dress as Batman. It’s just an act only certain people in that sort of spotlight can get away with and still be very much loved with in the industry.
By James Miller