“This is the moment… I punch myself in the face, live on ITV4,” deadpanned Tyson Fury about one of his most bizarre and hilarious in-ring events of his career.
Well, uppercuts are danger punches for tall boxers against shorter opponents – but that’s not meant to apply to the man mountain who’s throwing it.
Fury, 20 years young, was gunning for a knockout in his fourth pro fight. As Lee Swaby backed to the ropes, Fury loaded up and launched a titanic uppercut – which sailed past Swaby but completed its arc and caught Fury right between the eyes, snapping his head back.
Deontay Wilder himself couldn’t have placed it better – and to prove the power of the punch, Fury briefly reeled backwards, stunned by his own blow. It was the boxing equivalent of an own goal, but presumably far more painful.
Unfortunately, Swaby couldn’t capitalise on the fact that Fury had begun beating himself up and the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round, Swaby in no position to continue.
As usual, Fury saw the funny side when later asked about it by BT Sport. “Reason behind it was, I was in a fight and I couldn’t really feel the other guy’s punches,” he said. “So I decided to punch my own self in the face.”
Simple, undeniable, logic from a man who dresses up as Batman at his press conferences.
At least Fury had checked the quality of his own chin – which proved helpful when he miraculously rose from that crushing Wilder combo back in 2018.