Sports Nicknames - The Gypsy King

Tyson Fury, aka "The Gypsy King", is one of the most popular and polarizing fighters in the world of boxing.

Tyson Fury, also known as The Gyps King - Profile illustration.  Drawing.  Art.  How did this famous boxer get his nickname?

Tyson Fury has an incredible backstory, which is one of the major reasons why he is so popular.

Fury is called "The Gypsy King" as his family, both on his mother's and father's sides, are descendents of Irish travellers.

In fact, Fury has said that proving his Irish heritage has been one of the most difficult tasks of his career, as there wasn't much in the way of paperwork to prove where his family was from, due to their travelling ways.


Not only is Tyson Fury an incredibly talented boxer, but he is an incredible orator and lays his life bare for people to see.

Fury has chronicled his dark descent into depression - a descent that very nearly took his life, as he has said publicly that he very nearly drove his car off the road during his darkest days.

This willingness to show his vulnerability and relay his story to help others has garnered Fury a tremendous amount of respect, both inside and outside of the boxing world.


Tyson Fury was named after Mike Tyson.

Tyson Fury's father, John Fury, has a very colourful past, as he spent a long stretch in jail after gouging out another man's eye at the height of a personal dispute. John Fury, like his son, is very outspoken, and has fought professionally a number of times.


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