Tyson Fury almost had a little brother called 'Holyfield Fury'
In August 1988, then 22-year-old Mike Tyson was already a unified heavyweight world champion. The proclaimed "baddest man on the planet" was busy doing exactly as advertised. He had spent most of 1988 chasing his fear rebound, successfully battling people like Larry Homes, Tony Tubbs, and Michael Spinks.
On the outskirts of Manchester, UK, another heavyweight boxer and his family faced their own battle. “Gypsy” John Fury, himself a professional 5-1 fighter at the time, and his partner were in the hospital giving birth. Not unusual for a pregnant woman and her partner, except for the fact that they expected to have a mad rush to motherhood 3 months later.
In good hands, but far from current medical science, the prognosis for their premature grandson looked poor.
However, for the first, but not the last time in his life, their son would win a battle against all odds. This first fight was just to get through the first few hours of his young life.
So how to name their little warrior?
Speaking to `` All Access: Wilder vs. Fury, '' a 3-part series starting November 17 on Showtime, John Fury revealed:
"I thought, you fought so hard to enter the world and live… the only name that suits you is Tyson."
Naming your grandson after the dreaded Mike Tyson is one thing, but seeing him continue to thrive as the 6'9 "unified heavyweight world champion himself is something of a fairy tale.
Tyson Fury's origin story, including how he got his name, is undoubtedly one that will continue to live on in the sport beyond his own years in the limelight.
However, his proud father John Fury has revealed that he wasn't the only member of the Fury family who came close to being named after a boxing legend.
He almost called his one of his other sons "Holyfield Fury" after another greats from that era, Evander Holyfield!
However, he told ShowTime that his wife paid for the idea.
"I was going to call my other son Holyfield… .. but unfortunately 'the hiccups' she threw (the idea) and said' No… a boxer is enough! '
It is not known which of Tyson's brothers, Shaun, Young King or Tommy, almost got the name. Two of them have been involved in sports at a high level. Young King fought professionally, live on UK TV, with young Tommy who was due to make his professional bow on December 22 on the lower card of the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton.
After Tyson's difficult birth, their father John would win just 3 of his remaining 7 professional fights, including a loss to future heavyweight champion Henry Akinwande.
However, his own legacy in the sport continues with a boxing champion son and a family named after only one big, rather than two.
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A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your trainer should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !
Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with acceptable form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.
Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.
Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another vous défouler sur beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.
Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw short hooks, short uppercuts, and bermuda rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.
Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy course around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !
When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the boxer to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.
The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ vous défouler sur then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).
The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. to assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :
Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed frapper should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a 45 degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about sept. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.
The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced position. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using bermuda sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.
The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving sport, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving sport, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a short swinging upward punch.
The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.
The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the frapper open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on impact. Keep the left hand in a guarding position to avoid a counter.
A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.
HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the frapper to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.
UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the boxer off balance.
conclusion to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed boxer will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the puncher must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the vous défouler sur to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed vous défouler sur.