Fury claims the near-death of his daughter inspired him against Wilder

‘I turned her battle into fuel’: Tyson Fury claims the ‘horrifying’ near-death of his daughter Athena inspired him to beat Deontay Wilder last year as the Gypsy King recalls doing laps around the hospital and sleeping on the floor

  • Tyson Fury revealed his daughter’s near-death experience inspired him for bout 
  • Fury retired and un-retired following his win over Dillian Whyte earlier this year
  • The heavyweight admitted that the end of his remarkable boxing career is nigh
  • Fury is set to fight Derek Chisora for the third time in December of this year

Tyson Fury has revealed that his daughter’s near-death experience spurred him on for his third and final bout with Deontay Wilder. 

The world champion heavyweight defeated Wilder in a fight for the ages last year, capping a remarkable trio of bouts that engrossed the entire boxing world.

Writing in his new autobiography, Gloves Off, serialised in The Sun, Fury told of how his daughter’s fight for her life after being born prematurely in August 2021 gave him the motivation to go on and beat Wilder. 

Just weeks out from the fight that he hoped would be the ‘Hollywood-style ending’ to his prior struggles with mental illness, Fury said that he was sleeping on the floor of a hospital. 

Having initially thought to have been okay, Fury’s new-born daughter’s heart rate skyrocketed and she was rushed to the Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool following her premature birth.

‘It was so hard to see her on an incubator, with several tubes and wires coming out of her body,’ Fury writes.

‘She looked so tiny and vulnerable, and even though her situation had improved, the doctors were warning us we weren’t yet out of the woods.

Tyson Fury has revealed his daughter’s early battle for her life spurred him on against Deontay Wilder

‘Athena’s heart rate was still all over the place, and at any given moment she might die. As Paris recovered and Athena started her battle, I bedded down in the Ronald McDonald House, an accommodation for parents attached to the hospital. 

‘Nothing could dissuade me: I was crashing there until Athena had stabilised. But every day my head span.’

Meanwhile, the fight with Wilder was just round the corner. Fury wrote that while his attention was solely on his daughter, he knew that efforts would soon have to be made to ensure he was in the best possible condition for that bout.

Fury and his family prior to the christening of their daughter Athena who was born in 2021

The heavyweight, revealing the details in his new autobiography, revealed he was forced to sleep on the hospital floor while she made a recovery

He said that once his schedule was put together, he believed he had around four weeks to get into fighting form, while the doctors were giving Athena life-saving treatment.  

With Athena thought to be on the mend, her condition deteriorated once again, reaching the nadir when Fury’s wife, Paris, was left in hysterics believing that the baby had died.

She was resuscitated, Fury revealed, but they had to remain in the hospital for the following three weeks until she had made a full recovery.

The heavyweight revealed the pain and anguish that him and his wife went through in the immediate aftermath of Athena’s birth

Paris Fury described the experience of Athena being born as a ‘whirlwind’ as she expressed her happiness at being at home with their children finally 

Fury said it would take three weeks before she was allowed home, so he would sleep at the Ronald McDonald house or on the floor of the hospital ward, ‘praying for her to pull through safely.  

Despite having a reason for the fight to be postponed, he said that his daughter’s condition only inspired him to realise it was ‘now or never’ for him to fight Wilder and settle their trilogy. 

Fury is set to step back into the ring in December to fight Derek Chisora for the third time.

Fury’s daughter made a full recovery and pictures at her christening displayed a happy, smiling child

However, the Manchester-born fighter has revealed that the end of his career is nigh, with Fury adamant that he does not want to ‘overstay’ his welcome in the sport. 

‘Walking away from boxing may be the hardest thing I ever do,’ he wrote.

‘All I know is that I don’t want to overstay my welcome, ruin my legacy, or die from a big right to the side of the head.’

Fury revealed the motivation behind his career-defining win over Wilder was his daughter

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