Would a boxing commission sanction a fight between a fella making his pro debut and an opponent with 115 fights?
On December 22, 2018, Tommy Fury, Tyson’s brother, made his pro debut on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title fight with Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena.
Only 19, the younger Fury debuted as a light heavyweight.
Fury’s opponent was then-37-year-old Jevgenijs Andrejevs from Riga, Latvia who boasted 10 wins against 102 losses and 3 draws.
Yes, 102 losses.
A 5’10” southpaw, Andrejevs, who’d lost all 18 fights that year prior to facing Fury, had 4 KOs but had been stopped inside the distance only 13 times in 115 bouts.
And credit to Andrejevs as he managed to last all four rounds with Fury, losing a unanimous decision.
Since that bout, he’s dropped all ten of his subsequent fights, last entering the ring in June 2021.
Fury, of course, has become a celebrity. Not only is he a rising pro boxer and half-brother to the sport’s heavyweight champion, but he also achieved tremendous fame as a reality television personality, starring in the fifth series of the ITV2 dating reality television show Love Island.
With a current record of 9-0, 4 KO, Fury famously defeated YouTube mega personality Jake Paul in February.