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Behind the Mask: Winner of the Telegraph Sports Book of the Year Paperback – 21 Jan. 2021
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** TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR **
DOUBLE WINNER: BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY & BEST OVERALL SPORTS BOOK OF 2020
INCLUDES A NEW CHAPTER ON WILDER VS FURY 2
'Incredible stories... you don't have to be a boxing fan to enjoy it' SCOTT MILLS, BBC RADIO 1
'One of sport's most heart-warming stories' SUNDAY TIMES, SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR
'A must-read for any boxing fan.' WORLD BOXING NEWS
'If you know someone who is a fan of the People's Champion then they'll love this.' TALKSPORT XMAS GIFT GUIDE
The extraordinary story of the rise and fall and rise again of Tyson Fury...
THE GYPSY KING.
A Manchester lad from Irish Traveller stock, born three months premature and weighing just a pound at birth, Tyson (named after his father's boxing hero) grew up to become one of the most unlikely heavyweight champions in history. This 'dream come true' soon turned to nightmare, however, as alcohol and cocaine abuse took hold and Tyson was stripped of his titles. What followed was the darkest moment of his life - detailed in this book for the first time - in which he came within seconds of ending everything.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION.
Like all the greatest stories, though, there is redemption and Tyson defies all the odds and literally drags himself to his feet. 10 million people around the globe watched Fury fight Wilder in the biggest fight of the boxing calendar. Speaking candidly about his struggles with mental health, this is Tyson Fury as you have never seen him before.
A BRITISH ICON.
Behind the Mask is an unflinching story from the greatest boxer of our time and a man who has demonstrated strength of a very different kind by conquering his demons.
'It's a great book, if I could read, I'd buy it' BILLY JOE SAUNDERS, WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion
'I didn't believe boxers could be role models, but Tyson Fury has changed my mind... This 30-year-old Mancunian has made us all think twice about the possibilities of redemption.'
'Tyson Fury has become Britain's most unlikely inspirational figure... the sight of a broken Fury caught a mood with the public. Never was the epithet "People's Champion" more apt'
RON LEWIS, THE TIMES
'Tyson Fury is an amazing real-life champion' SYLVESTER STALLONE, star of Rocky
'You may not have any interest in boxing at all and you will find this story about Tyson's life fascinating' BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
'An unusual, heartening story, nicely told. There is much to amaze and admire' SUNDAY TIMES
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PRE-ORDER GLOVES OFF, THE NEW BOOK FROM TYSON FURY
Tyson pulls no punches in his most candid, comprehensive and entertaining book yet, which chronicles for the first time in full his inspirational story - the rise, the fall, and the rise again, which saw him come back from the brink of suicide to reclaim his heavyweight crown.
Fury delivers on his Behind The Mask promise. Beneath the rowdy showmanship is a gifted athlete with bottomless reservoirs of determination and a rare willingness to be frank about his vulnerability to depression […] you may have to take him more seriously than your instincts suggest. ― The Sportsman
‘The story of his recovery and resurgence... struck a chord with fans around the world. When his autobiography, Behind the Mask, was released in November 2019, it reached the No 1 spot on Amazon’s charts within 24 hours.’ ― iNEWS
‘Behind the Mask is his unflinching account of how he overcame his battles with obesity, anxiety, drink and drug abuse, depression and despair to become one of the most exciting fighters of boxing’s modern age.' ― Penguin.co.uk
His autobiography Behind The Mask and ITV programme has shown how vulnerable people are to depression and other mental health issues. The country should make him an ambassador for mental health awareness. -- Letter from reader, The Sun
About the Author
Tyson Fury is the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Born and raised in Manchester, Fury weighed just 1lb at birth after being born three months premature. His father John named him after Mike Tyson.
From Irish traveller heritage, the "Gypsy King" is undefeated in 28 professional fights, winning 27 with 19 knockouts, and drawing once. His most famous victory came in 2015, when he stunned longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles. He was forced to vacate the belts because of issues with drugs, alcohol and his mental health, and did not fight again for more than two years. Most thought he was done with boxing forever. Until an amazing comeback fight with Deontay Wilder in December 2018. It was an instant classic, ending in a split decision tie.Tyson was victorious in the second fight against Deontay Wilder in February 2020, defeating his opponent by seventh-round technical knockout. In October 2021, Tyson concluded the trilogy with victory against Deontay Wilder by an emphatic eleventh-round technical knockout.
Outside of the ring, Tyson Fury is a mental health ambassador.
- Publisher : Arrow (21 Jan. 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787465063
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787465060
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.29 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The biggest events in Fury’s life that should have been covered by this “autobiography” are his win against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, his struggles with mental health and his drug failures, particularly his failure for Nandrolone. The first two of these topics get plenty of space in this book while the third is given about one side and not dealt with at all other than for Fury to try to ship the blame onto UKAD.
In fact Tyson Fury has 3 strikes against him with UKAD, two drug failures - Cocaine and Nandrolone
(also known as 19-nortestosterone) as well as refusing to give a sample, which is rightly regarded as a drug failure since athlete’s should never be able to control when they give a sample to testers. The main drugs case against Tyson Fury, and his cousin Hughie, was when they failed a drug test for the anabolic steroid, Nandrolone - Tyson failing after his fight with Christian Hammer in February 2015.
Both Fury’s claimed they ate uncastrated wild boar every week from a local farm and it was this that accounted for their drug test failure, however the farmer they used at the independent NADP (National Anti-Doping Panel) tribunal, against UKAD, has this very week claimed that they paid him £25,000 for his evidence. However what Fury, nor his fans and fanboys, didn’t know when making this excuse is that the ingestion of wild boar or pig offal had already been investigated by scientists. In addition, as this excuse and their ensuing legal cases, had been used many times, UKAD had issued a statement in 2011 that athlete’s should avoid boar and pig offal. Note that this directive wasn’t because athlete’s had a sniff of a good case when using this excuse, it was simply to cut down on the costs of legal cases needed to prove that athlete’s didn’t have a case.
So how do the drug testing agencies know that this claim about eating uncastrated wild boar is a red herring?
Simple, this was looked at scientifically by sports and biochemistry experts over some years. The failure amount for 19-nortestosterone in an athlete’s blood is not zero it is 2ng/ml (nanograms per millilitre) and in ALL the tests, after feeding the volunteer athletes the various boar and pig offal before testing (yuk!), the maximum amount measured was 1/16 th of the 2ng/ml failure point – and this quantity wasn’t raised by exercise. Therefore for Tyson and Hughie Fury to fail a drug test for Nandrolone each of their blood samples must have contained more than 2 ng/ ml of Nandrolone – an amount that they absolutely MUST have obtained from non-natural sources.
Note that even if this research into boar and pig offal ingestion hadn’t been done, the Fury’s were still guilty as they had ignored the 2011 UKAD directive against eating boar and pig offal – it is up to an athlete to take responsibility for what is in their body.
The rather convenient extended period of mental health problems that Fury experienced, and which delayed the Tyson & Hughie Fury vs UKAD tribunal just long enough to make it unreasonable for witnesses to be expected to remember exactly what happened 27 months ago, allowed both Tyson and Hughie to get a very lenient backdated 2 year ban each.
How can Fury leave out the details of all of this in his “autobiography” – the reason is absolutely clear to those who followed the UKAD case closely.
Tyson Fury clearly doesn’t want to tell the truth and admit what he did. I would have more respect for him as a person if he just admitted he made a mistake. IMO he should have devoted just as much space in his book to this issue as he did for his mental health and boxing career to give the book some balance - but it's obvious why he avoided it.
If anyone doubts the veracity of what I’ve written here, and can’t be bothered to read up on all the details, then I suggest they simply think about why Peter Fury wouldn’t train Tyson anymore after the NADP drug tribunal and removed him and his son, Hughie, away from the influence of Tyson.
Indeed, ALL boxing fans should also question whether they should believe anything that comes out of Tyson Fury’s mouth, for example: Tyson now trains and fights in the US and so UKAD only test him when in the UK and he’s out of competition - and except for the last month before the Wilder rematch, he went untested by VADA, who also didn’t test him for the Schwarz and Wallin fights. This suggests to me that Tyson Fury isn’t fighting in the US just for the money. However, he could quite easily prove my suspicions are totally wrong by enrolling in VADA full-time (365 x 24/7 + in-competition testing) just as Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte & Katie Taylor have done and he can quite easily afford this now.
I look forward to Tyson one day writing a proper, warts and all, autobiography, possibly before Peter or Hughie Fury beat him to it. Until that unlikely event I will file his current effort under BIN!
All this is evident in Tyson’s Autobiography. You feel as if you’re sat having a brew with a friend as you read the book. There’s sufficient reference to his boxing encounters to keep it interesting for sports fans and enough about depression (including details of where to get help), to hopefully help more people realise it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Tyson Fury is a great boxer and a even greater person. When reading an autobiography it becomes obvious very quickly if the book has been ghost written or the author is being less than honest. Tyson is honest about all his faults and successes. His highs and lows.
Whether you like him or not you will have heard of Tyson Fury. This book is about the obstacles he has faced in the ring, backroom politics and much more importantly in life. Tyson's openness about his mental health issues and his overcoming them is inspiration, but what he tries to tell everyone is there is no magic cure it is an ongoing daily struggle. He does not come across as some to a admired from a far on his much he has accomplished, but someone leading the way for others.
The goes onto Tyson's family life, his beliefs, his failures, his successes and his will to keep in fighting. The best and most use manifestation of this is his seeming return from the dead raise in the 12th round against arguably the hardest hitter currently in the heavyweight division.
This is a great story with hopefully much more to come. Tyson Fury has a great ability to reach people and inspire them. There is plenty about boxing, but what a lot of people do not realise the mental discipline needed to become a success as well as not to become a victim of the success as well. Tyson has many oars in the water currently. 2020 looks like a big year for him whichever direction he decides to go. If you want the story so far get this book.