Tyson Fury was just 14 when his dad decided to put him on a path to world glory – only after having his ribs broken by his son.
John Fury, who named Tyson after the legendary champion, Mike Tyson, will no doubt be proud to see what his son has achieved, even if it was a little painful.
Boxing was all around the Fury household, given that John fought in the 1980s and 1990s, and it wasn’t long until Tyson followed his namesake’s path into the sweet science.
A ‘sparring session’ at home between Tyson and his brother, Shane, was one too many for Fury Snr, who decided to see what the future world champion was like as a boxer.
Speaking to Virgin Radio, Tyson told Chris Evans: “It’s correct I broke my dad’s ribs.
“He insisted I hit him there to see how hard I could punch and if I had the ability.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this’ and he insisted, so I did and he ended up cracking three ribs.
“I was 14 and he said, ‘okay, you can go to the gym’.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
John Fury was a heavyweight himself and finished his career with a professional record of eight wins, four losses and one draw from 13 fights.
John remembers the incident, and has added further context to the story: “At 14 he was around 6ft 5in tall and weighed 16 stone.
“He was a big fat kid, not really lean because he loved a burger.
“A friend of mine said way back then that, although he had layers of fat on him, he had never seen anyone move like him and that he could be a champion.
“You know what, what’s in a man, you can never take out.”
And 13 years on from breaking his old man’s ribs, Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the world in 2015, ending the Ukrainian’s nine-year reign at the top.
He later fought back from health problems to set up a fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Fury, in an exclusive chat with talkSPORT, explained his dad didn’t speak to him for five weeks as a result of agreeing the fight.
“The people who always believed in me even doubted me, even my family.
“I am not sure my trainer thought I would win.
“My dad did not speak to me for five weeks of the training camp because he thought I would get knocked out and put in a wheelchair.”
The fight, in 2018, ended in a draw, though many thought Fury should have been given the belt.
He will have another chance to take the title in February, providing Wilder beats Luis Ortiz.