Tyson Fury is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career with his TKO win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas. But it was easily the biggest stage he's had as a pro boxer, and he rose to the occasion. Fury's rise to global prominence looks increasingly amazing when you realize that he called his shot... nearly seven years ago.
Over the weekend, Twitter investigators discovered an old tweet from Fury published on October 26, 2013. In the tweet, Fury declares that the biggest fight of his era would come against Deontay Wilder, and he would win by knockout.
"The biggest fight of my era will be@BronzeBomber !" he wrote. "But ill knock him out"
Wilder would respond, taunting The Gypsy King and pledging to beat him. "COME...COME...my friend," he wrote back.
But Fury's words turned out to be prophetic, as were Wilder's to a lesser extent.
At the time of the tweet, neither Fury nor Wilder had won any world title fights. Fury was in between fights and more than two years ahead of his fateful win over Wladimir Klitschko. Wilder, meanwhile, was a few days removed from a KO win over Nicolai Firtha, but still over a year away from his WBC title win over Bermaine Stiverne.
Fury got the last laugh though. He's now the WBC champion and in a position to fight all of the world's greatest fighters for the biggest purses available.
The Gypsy King has come a long way since his personal and internal battles threatened to derail his career - and maybe even his life.
You'll be hard-pressed to write a better story than his.