Boxing news: Tyson Fury’s father John Fury tells the story of why he named his son after Mike Tyson back in 1988

When Tyson Fury was born back in 1988, Mike Tyson ruled supreme as undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Back then it seemed ludicrous to think the young ‘Gypsy King’ would ever follow in the footsteps of ‘Iron Mike’ as he was three months premature and weighed just 1lb.

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Fury was given slim chances of survival by doctors, but proved he was a fighter from birth.

Father John Fury explained on ITV’s documentary ‘Tyson Fury – The Gypsy King’: “He was just a pound in weight.

“The doctor said he probably won’t make it, he’s very weak.

“I said to all them doctors, he won’t be small, I said he’ll be nearly 7ft tall, 20 stone, the next heavyweight champion of the world.”

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John was proved correct as the baby Tyson battled through months of adversity to survive, before then going on to become a boxer as his father and namesake both did before him.

John concluded: “I thought, ‘There’s only one name fitting for him, he’s fought hard to become a person living in this world.’

Mike Tyson was the best in the world at that time.

“Tyson Luke Fury – that’s his name.”

The first episode of Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King will air on ITV this Thursday, February 13 at 9pm.

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