Tyson Fury fans have taken to social media to reflect on just how far the 'Gypsy King' has come by looking at a hilarious throwback clip.
Fury produced the most destructive performance of his boxing career to end Deontay Wilder ’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion.
The 31-year-old has come a long way since the days of depression and weight gain and now rightfully sits atop of the heavyweight division following his seventh round stoppage of Wilder in Las Vegas.
And he’s also come a long way in the ring too – as old footage suggests.
Following Fury’s win over Wilder, boxing fans uncovered a video showing Fury delivering some ferocious punches – but not all of them landed on his opponent.
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In the clip, a fresh-faced 20-year-old Fury is in the final round of his fight against Lee Swaby and follows a quick left jab with a right uppercut.
However, he misses his opponent’s face by some distance and ends up hitting himself square on the nose.
“The reason behind it was I was in a fight and I couldn’t really feel the other guy’s punches so I decided to punch my own self in the face,” Fury explained in an interview in 2018.
And boxing fans have now jokingly mocked the throwback clip of their champ.
“Currently the #1 Heavyweight in the World,” said one boxing fan.
“This guy beat the living s**t out of America’s number one heavyweight,” said another.
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“Fury mentioned that he was getting bored of getting hit by these no power heavyweights so he decided to hit himself to feel something,” added a third.
One fan declared: “I can't believe I'd ever say this, but I love this man.”
“Knowing Fury whatever he was thinking right after this was probably hilarious,” said one fan.
“Uppercuts himself in the face ‘That's for being a big dosser!’” joked another.
“The only man who can hit him is himself,” said one supporter.
Fury will get the chance to take on Wilder for a third time after the American invoked a rematch clause.
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Both Fury vs Wilder fights have taken place in the United States – the first in Los Angeles and second in Las Vegas – and Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has confirmed the third fight will also take place in America in the summer.
“It’s contracted to take place in the States,” said Warren.
“That is in the contract and set in stone unless anyone agrees differently.
“But at the moment it is due to take place in the US.
“It will take place by the end of June/early July – no later than that.”
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