“Good CV that though, isn’t it?” says 18-year-old Tyson Fury, after handing his amateur coach a detailed list of his future achievements – then they both fall about laughing.
A no-frills boxing gym in Manchester is the scene of Fury’s greatest ever prediction. In a news feature 13 years ago, his coach Steve Egan reads Fury’s super-ambitious plan aloud.
“Aim for the future: 2008 European Games, 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2012 London Olympics, 2013 British champion, 2014 European champion, 2015 WBC champion, 2016 undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” he deadpans.
“Yours sincerely, Tyson Fury,” goes the sign off.
It’s a total list of two halves. Fury ended up frustrated with the amateur system and turned pro at the age of 20 in 2008, meaning none of his amateur ambitions came to pass.
But his ridiculous roll call of professional goals have now all been achieved, the final one being the WBC crown he swiped from Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
The dates don’t all match exactly: he won the British heavyweight title as early as 2011 – two years ahead of schedule – while he became the widely recognised undisputed champ when he upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, rather than 2016.
Yet the battering of Wilder completes the set: Fury has now earned every pro accomplishment on that tongue-in-cheek CV.
Seeing into the future clearly runs in the family, as his dad also John Fury pops up to warn us just how great his son was going to be.
“When he was about 14, we were sparring, messing around – it turned a little bit serious and he ended up breaking my ribs!” says Pops, proud as punch.
“I’d had professional fights with the best in Britain and I’d never had that kind of damage. He’ll be a sensation, this kid. I’m not saying it cos he’s my own son… this kid is special.”
Basingstoke Rotary Club – not quite the MGM Grand – is the scene of Fury’s amateur fight in the video. What’s remarkable is that the 18-year-old admits he struggles with nerves before fights.
“I usually do get nervous,” he says, sporting a mop of curly hair. “It’s like all your strength gets drained. Your legs feel heavy, your arms feel weak. It’s a horrible feeling!”
Safe to say that the manwho sings his way into– and out of – the ring for heavyweight championship fights has overcome his early problem with nerves.
Given his predicting accuracy, we’ll also believe every word if Fury outlines a new 10-year plan, no matter how outlandish. Wimbledon champion 2022? Prime Minister in 2025? First man on Uranus in 2028? We’d put absolutely nothing past the Gypsy King.
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