The Gypsy King, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is the guest on this week’s episode of Dave Berry’s Dadpod, where he opens up about being a dad and a fighter, about his children’s futures and reveals he often goes to bed by 7pm.
Tyson is a father to five children, Venezuela, Prince John James, Prince Tyson Junior, Valencia Amber and Prince Adonis Amaziah. He says he finds it easy to switch between being a dad and a fighter: “You know when I’m at home, I’m Tyson Fury the person but when I go into that ring, Tyson Fury don’t exist no more, I become the Gypsy King… when I become the Gypsy King, I’m not a family man, I’m not a father, I’m not a husband, I’m a pure animal fighter.”
He talks to Dave about his relationship with his father, who wasn’t around for five years when Tyson was struggling coming up in the game. It’s different now, his dad is around a lot more making up for lost time.
Tyson feels his dad had much to do with the way he is, such as being able to stand on his own two feet. He tells Dave: “Me dad said to me a long time ago when I was a kid, he said if you, if you want something son, there’s a big world out there, go and get it. Nothing’s unachievable, everything’s just there if you work hard enough. And that’s what I’ll instil into my kids as well.”
His five children are very important to him, he says that he thinks a lot about what’s going to happen to them, but he just wants them to have a happy life, whatever they choose to do, although he thinks his sons will box.
One thing Tyson feels he’s learnt as a parent with five children is that when they sleep, he sleeps.
“Try and get ’em in a routine of going to bed early and waking up early and you know that seems to work for me,” he admits and reveals, “I’m in bed the same time as the kids are in bed on normal days when I’ve not got any events coming up.
“Say the kids are in bed for seven, eight o’clock then daddy goes to bed that time too!”
Dave Berry’s Dadpod is available to download every Thursday from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the Absolute Radio app, absoluteradio.co.uk, and all mainstream podcast providers.