Tyson Fury has officially shed an incredible EIGHT STONE in a bid to become heavyweight champion of the world once again.
The former undisputed heavyweight king, who defeated Sefer Seferi in his comeback bout earlier this month, revealed the staggering amount he has lost on Instagram this week.
It represents a huge step in the right direction for Fury, who at one point admitted to weighing 27 and a half stone (385 lbs) at his heaviest.
Being banned from fighting coupled with dealing with personal issues meant the 29-year-old piled on the pounds.
However, getting through the Seferi fight proves just how serious the ‘Gypsy King’ is about reclaiming all of the belts he lost back in 2016 after his ban from the sport.
So just how did Fury manage to lose 122 pounds in eight months? talkSPORT.com examines the secrets behind the incredible weight loss and his journey back to full fitness.
The first thing that needed to be changed about Fury’s regime in order to begin his comeback was his diet.
Altering a fighter’s diet ahead of a training camp is vital to ensuring they can recover sufficiently from the brutal days of training before a bout.
With Fury however, shifting weight was the most important part.
Fury pictured in late 2017 before a Terry Flanagan fight
At 385 pounds, there was no way Fury was fit enough to fight – for the Wladimir Klitschko fight he weighed in at 17 stone and eight pounds (249 lbs). His nutritionist Greg Marriott (who has worked with Kell Brook in the past) introduced a ketogenic diet to burn fat and keep him energised.
He told Sky Sports: “Tyson needs to be on 3,500 calories a day but, when he’s expending 2,000 calories in the gym, he will need to be on 5,500 calories a day. You can then start cutting weight – this is the healthy way to do it.”
A ketogenic diet essentially requires a low-carb, high-fat intake to put your body into a state of ketosis.
Ketosis means your body uses its own fat deposits as an energy source. Your insulin (fat storing hormone) levels drop drastically and so does the weight.
Fury has shed some serious pounds to make it back to the top
After splitting from his uncle Peter Fury, the 29-year-old was left without a trainer ahead of his comeback.
Close friend Billy Joe Saunders introduced him to trainer Ben Davison whilst the pair were in a training camp together and they instantly hit it off.
Such is the closeness of their bond, Davison has moved in with Fury to his Morecambe home.
The 25-year-old has spent every day of the last six months with the heavyweight fighter, and has worked extensively to shift the seven stone weight he gained.
Davison revealed to The Telegraph consistency was key: “We went out to MTK Marbella and his brother came with us.
“Tyson has a very close-knit family and his father, John, and his brother, Shane, have been a brilliant support.
“Sometimes I ask their advice about him as they know how his brain works.