Netflix has confirmed it is making a docuseries following the controversial, retired Manchester boxer Tyson Fury.
The series, which is currently in post production, is directed by local talent Josh Jacobs, who has previously acted as a consultant director on another real-life boxing doc, Meet the Khans: Big in Bolton, and has most recently been serving as VT director for A Question of Sport at MediaCityUK’s dock10.
At Home With The Furys — the current working title — will give audiences exclusive access to the heavyweight champion as he exits the ring and tries to embrace retirement with his family including his wife Paris, father John, and his six children.
Wythenshwe-born Fury is, to put it mildly, a divisive character. He has regularly railed against minority groups including the gay and trans communities, pro-choice advocates and ‘promiscuous’ women, and frequently backs up his arguments by quoting passages from The Bible.
News of the documentary series came a matter of hours after Fury posted a video on social media where he set a deadline of one week for an offer to fight Ukraining boxing world champion Oleksandr Usyk to be agreed upon. In the video, Fury insisted that he will stay retired if promoters “do not come up with the money.”
“To all these suitors out there who want to make the fight, I’m going to give you all seven days, until 1 September, to come up with the money,” Fury said in the short clip. “If not, thanks very much, it’s been a blast but I’m retired.”
Usyk successfully defended his three heavyweight titles in a split decision win over Anthony Joshua last Saturday, setting the stage for a unification fight against Fury.
If promoters come up with the goods fast enough, perhaps the fight could yet offer the ideal finale to the series, in what would surely be one of the most fortuitous sporting reality TV coincidences of all time.