Tyson Fury made a truly stunning re-entry into the world of boxing earlier this year, but he’s hoping the comeback won’t end there.
After his fight with Deontay Wilder last year, it was clear he was coming back in a big way. Tyson Fury has announced plans to make his MMA debut soon, with Conor McGregor as his trainer. The news comes after Fury took a three-year hiatus from all professional sporting events and was stripped of his IBF titles.
For those of you not familiar with Fury’s rags-to-riches-to-rags-back-to-riches-again career path: Fury had a promising start in 2008 with his ABA super-heavyweight win and was immediately singled out as a talent to watch. He went on to win the British heavyweight title twice and finished out the 2014 season with an untouchable 24-0 record. But his mental health was rapidly deteriorating; he struggled with his weight and was flagged for doping. By 2016, he had gained so much weight — he weighed in at 340 pounds — he was unable to compete. He was stripped of his titles and took some time off from the sport. But in 2018 he made a very promising re-entry with a draw against Deontay Wilder and quickly started gaining back fans.
The story has a happy ending: Fury recently signed a $100 million deal with ESPN to cover his upcoming boxing matches. Fury branched out even further after capitalizing on that success. In October 2019, Fury debuted at a WWE SmackDown event and was a confirmed featured fighter for the upcoming Crown Jewels match. And it looks like the new Tyson Fury is unstoppable, because he’s recently unveiled plans to participate in MMA under the guidance of none other than Conor McGregor:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 27, 2019
Best of luck on your journey, Tyson!