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Gloves Off: Tyson Fury Autobiography

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The man himself says it’s just an act, designed to maximise attention and therefore viewers and profit. He praises the strict moral values of the Traveller community from which he comes, but sidesteps the alleged wrongdoing of the crime boss seen in his company. In October 2021, Tyson concluded the trilogy with victory against Deontay Wilder by an emphatic eleventh-round technical knockout. His most famous victory came in 2015, when he stunned longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles. He’s a mighty and furious legend, but soft and vulnerable, he shows this in his book and it’s really important to hear about this side.

I was a bit dubious about reading Tyson Fury's third book or autobiography in as many years, but I enjoyed the book. He describes how his Traveller upbringing forged him, and how his fighting family, including dad John and his brothers, have sustained him. Fascinating insight into his mental health but very similar content as the last book (money spinner? Tyson's book reveals surprising and personal new sides to his character: he opens up about his fairy-tale romance with beloved wife Paris, and their down-to-earth life raising six beautiful children. Gloves Off is not a case of bare-fisted self-exposure, but instead a carefully edited version of events.So open and honest and since watching his struggles with mental health and how honest he is about that side of his life really made me appreciate him as a person a lot.

Although, as in the previous book, he doesn’t revisit his words, he attributes them to his well-publicised mental breakdown leading up to and after his 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight crowns. I applaud his self belief in those early pages of the book but I didn’t find it an interesting read at all. I bought this a while back just before the 'At home with the Furys' series aired on Netflix and started reading it in between other books but after popping out a couple of weeks ago and spotting the Gypsy Kings car It gave me a big ole nudge to crack on and finish this fantastic book. Boxing is a very particular kind of sport, with one foot in the entertainment world and another in murky backrooms. Which makes you wonder how he would handle the retirement to which he continually refers in the book.Perhaps, but this is a guy who refers to himself in the third person and it’s just possible that the act has taken up more permanent residence in his personality.

He celebrates the importance of fitness and his efforts to get in shape, but rejects sports science, heart-rate monitors and data assessment. The most talented British heavyweight since Lennox Lewis (who boxed for Canada in the 1988 Seoul Olympics) and, some would argue (including Fury himself), the best in history, he has made some shockingly homophobic and antisemitic comments in the past.Which fights get made, and which fights don’t, comes down to a number of opaque factors, but image and presentation can often be as important as style and ability. He’s someone who rejects any interest in celebrities, while publishing photographs of himself with Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams. One expects a multiple world boxing champ to be a chiseled specimen, but somehow this man who describes himself as a "dad-bod" has defeated many of those muscle-bound men. It's great that he is open and honest about this, though I do wish he wouldn't use even this to push the barrow of his victory over all odds. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.

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