Tyson Fury’s wife Paris told him she was pregnant less than 24 hours before his world heavyweight boxing championship fight against Wladimir Klitschko … and believes it inspired him to victory.
After suffering the heartbreak of a miscarriage last year, she reveals she broke down in tears as she explained to her husband she was nearly six weeks gone. Paris says: “He said: ‘Really? Really? I asked God for a child and now I have one’. He then held my hand and said: ‘Hopefully tomorrow night I will win, then my world will be complete’.”
She had thought long and hard before telling him such emotional news before the big fight.
Paris says: “It was actually meant to be a secret because I would have liked to have been a few months in before we mentioned it.
Paris Fury wife of heavy weight champion boxer Tyson Fury
Paris Fury tells it like it is (Image: Andy Commins/Daily Mirror)
“I wasn’t gonna tell Tyson before the fight because I didn’t want to change his concentration or his mood, but when I got over there I realised nothing changes his concentration or his mood. We’ve lost children in the past, so God willing, I just hope we get to the end and we get a baby.
“Tyson has said he wants 10 kids and I’d be happy with that. God willing we’ll get as many as God gives us.”
Paris, who today celebrates her 26th birthday with Tyson, their daughter Venezuela, six, and four-year-old son Prince in France, opens her heart in her first newspaper interview.
It is seven days since the world changed dramatically for the Fury family. Paris was at the ringside in Dusseldorf, Germany, when he ended the 10-year reign of Ukrainian legend Klitschko in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Tyson and Paris Fury
Tyson and Paris Fury on their wedding day
And his wife quickly became centre-stage after he serenaded her with Aerosmith hit I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. From being an unknown, she is now recognised by strangers in the street and has been overwhelmed by well-wishers congratulating her for Tyson’s win and her pregnancy.
As she speaks about her husband and family in their £500,000 home near Morecambe, Lancs, it is clear she is as besotted with him now as the day they met 10 years ago at a wedding of mutual friends, when she was just 15.
Like Tyson, who grew up in a gypsy family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, she was also raised in a traditional traveller family in Doncaster, South Yorks.
Only 15 months her senior, Tyson was already head and shoulders above the competition. Paris says: “The first time I laid eyes on him he was six foot six, so he was noticeable. He had big long side burns and I made a joke about him because I thought he was a bit gawky. I thought he looked like Farmer Giles.
Tyson and Paris Fury
Tyson and Paris Fury on holiday
“I was first introduced to Tyson by his Auntie Theresa. She’s known as the matchmaker in the family. She said to Tyson: ‘Come and meet this young lady’. I lifted my head and I was expecting to see someone at eye level because I’m not small myself, I’m five foot eight.
“I remember thinking, ‘Whose this old man you’re introducing me to?’
“He had a full beard, and was built like a machine. I thought, ‘You’re not a young boy… I’m going… You’ve introduced me to an old man.’”
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The pair met again by chance at her 16th birthday party. She says: “The moment we saw each other we just sort of pulled towards each other. Tyson was quite shy, he didn’t speak a lot. The only thing I remember him vividly saying was, ‘You look like a Sindy doll’ and it upset me badly because Sindy is a second rate Barbie. I went, ‘No, I’m not a Sindy doll, at least call me a Barbie. We ended up going out a few times, but to us ‘going out’ means that yes you go on dates and you see each other, but you don’t kiss, you don’t cuddle, you don’t do nothing.
“We’d go to the cinema and ice skating every weekend. We were very innocent kids you know. He was my first love.
“We were watching King Kong at the cinema when I finally said, ‘Yeah, I’ll be your girlfriend.’
“I sound so nerdy but I’d never kissed anyone so I was thinking, ‘I’ve said that, so he’s gonna kiss me in a minute.’
“But he didn’t do it straight away so after about an hour I was in a wreck, I was so nervous. Then when he finally did lean round, he kissed me and it was so awkward I burst out laughing. I said: ‘I can’t kiss you… I don’t know what to do’. Even after we got engaged, Tyson would sleep in a caravan at my parents’ home, while I slept inside the house. We didn’t sleep together until after we got married. That is the travellers’ way.”
The pair had a traditional wedding in front of more than 300 guests in Paris’ home town in November 2008.
She has been at Tyson’s side throughout his boxing career. Paris says: “On fight night it’s always the same for me.
“It’s a sickly sort of feeling, it’s nerves.
“I do worry and it’s not a nice feeling to watch someone you love boxing. You feel adrenaline kick in and you’re throwing imaginary punches with him, but it’s horrible to watch. You really do just want to get into the ring and rip the other person’s head off. I maybe shouldn’t say that, but that is how you feel.”
Talking of his victory over Klitschko, Paris adds: “I was crying with joy. I wasn’t planning on going in the ring, but then I felt like I needed to see Tyson, so I said, ‘Let me in the ring, get me in.’
Tyson and Paris Fury
Traveller traditions: Tyson and Paris Fury
“Once I got hold of him I think I squeezed his back off. I just cried some more and then he cried some more.
“When we got back to the hotel we both got on our knees by the bed and said our prayers and thanked God.”
After winning the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and pocketing £4million last Saturday night, Tyson refused a VIP plane ticket home and chose to be driven to Rotterdam for a ferry to Hull before heading back to his house. Ever since, he has been mobbed by fans in public and is still coming to terms with the attention he is getting.
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