Tyson Fury didn't always have his iconic voice it was changed by a punch to the throat
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Tyson Fury always catches people's attention, whether it's what he says, sings or the way he says it, but his voice wasn't always like that.
The world heavyweight champion isn't necessarily the kind of person who 'when he speaks you listen,' after all there's been too many broken promises for that.
Sure, when Fury says he's going to beat someone he inevitably does, with the draw to Deontay Wilder, in their first meeting, the only fight he's failed to win in his professional career, and he might have won that one too.
But promises over recent years to fight both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, that have not come to fruition, has certainly left fans not willing to listen to the 34-year-old so intently.
It's not always talking that Fury does, there's also been his signature singsong after big fights, and he even threatened to bring out an album last year after 'retiring.'
No matter what the Manchester born boxer is saying, or singing, it is certainly distinctive because of his almost iconic gravelly voice.
But that wasn't always the case, in fact, once-upon-a-time, with his much higher voice and spaghetti hair, he's almost unrecognisable as a fresh faced porefessional, although the accent gives him away.
An interview from his first paid fight, on the Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal undercard, against Bela Gyongyosi, shows how much has changed for him.
Whilst not many people manage to land a life changing punch against Fury once the ring bell sounds, perhaps only Wilder's knockdown in that first fight, one landed shot did change his voice.
The WBC world champ revealed in an interview with the BBC that a sparring session with light heavyweight boxer Ty Mitchell back in 2015 led to his raspy tones.
"I got punched in the throat in 2015 and it left me with a blood clot in the throat," the undefeated boxer explained, "So it causes me to talk like this. I was supposed to have it removed and I got too afraid.
"I think it sounds better anyway, there's more pain in it."
Maybe all it needs to change him back to his original voice is another punch to the throat, like in cartoons when someone gets amnesia from being smacked in the head and then it reverses with another one.
Fans would be hoping the next opportunity for someone to test that theory would be against Usyk, or maybe Joshua, but now it looks like he'll be facing Zhilei Zhang.
Most of us would prefer to listen to him singing American Pie again than that fight, which is saying something...
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