Tyson Fury looks unrecognisable with curly hair at 20 in first pro boxing fight

Tyson Fury makes another defence of his WBC world heavyweight crown this against Dillian Whyte this weekend – more than 13 years after his professional debut. The 33-year-old made his bow against Bela Gyongyosi in 2008 when he was just 20.

It took place on the undercard of the Carl Froch vs. Jean Pascal bout and Fury defeated the Hungarian via TKO in the first round with a brutal combination of shots to the head and body. Fury sported a full head of black curly hair, which he has now shaved off, and sported white and gold trunks with black gloves.

The boxing legend was also clean shaven back then, but these days the Mancunian sports a beard. He towered over his much smaller opponent and wasted no time laying him out and left the official no choice but to bring an end to proceedings.

The clip was uploaded to YouTube and in the comments section, fans pointed out the stark weight differences between the fighters. “Let's just take a moment to realise how unfair it is to fight the Andre The Giant of boxing,” one said.

“Tyson's a legend , but the weight advantage in this fight is incredibly unfair,” another added. While a third penned: “The difference between 13 stone and 18 stone is 70 pounds, must have felt terrifying.

“It’s insane how polished his skills are now compared to then, just shows how frightening a fighter Fury is," a fourth fan said. As we approach Fury’s blockbuster fight with Dillian Whyte, an open workout took place on Tuesday in the shadows of Wembley Stadium, which is set to be attended by 94,000 spectators this weekend.

Will Tyson Fury keep his unbeaten run going with a victory over Dillian Whyte? Let us know in the comments section.

Fury was put through his paces by trainer SugarHill Steward and insisted afterwards the domestic contest with Whyte will be the last of his professional career. “That's it. Get a good victory here on Saturday night, relax, sit back and enjoy life. I am loving every second of it (this week)," Fury told reporters at BoxPark Wembley.

“It's been a long old journey, ups and downs in my career, lots of ups and downs. I'm coming up to 34, 20 years as a boxer, that's enough for anybody. There's plenty of other stuff I need to do like look after my kids and wife and enjoy them.

“We will put on a good fight and leave it all in the ring, I will be leaving every ounce of strength and energy I have in my body in the ring on Saturday night,” Fury predicted. “The rest of it is God's will, so if it is written in the stars on Saturday night then guess what Frank Warren? We will have a drink after the fight to a very successful night and career. That's it.”

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