I think it's fair to surmise that if Tyson Fury hadn’t made it as a boxer, then he would likely be carrying a HOD on a local building site (I’m not knocking it: I used to do it).

Instead, he has made the most of his gift for punching people in the face, an art learnt on the mean caravan sites of Morecombe, to become, until recently, Heavyweight Champion of the world.

I know you cannot blame the son for the sins of the father, but Tyson's reaction to his dad John’s disgraceful headbutt, nay, unprovoked assault, before the fight against Oleksandr Usyk in May sums up the Furys in one blow.

Fury Snr, the self-proclaimed ‘king of the bare-knuckle men’ cannot say the same about his forehead after picking out the smallest member of Usyk’s team who he head-butted and came out markedly worse.

But then we had the fight: A chance to redeem the prior razzmatazz that overshadowed what was an intriguing clash.

Brett Ellis enjoyed the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Oleksander UsykBrett Ellis enjoyed the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Oleksander Usyk

For once, it was worth the pay-per-view money and thoroughly entertaining, despite the showmanship that Fury unadvisedly displayed in the early rounds as he attempted to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, Ali style, but ended up looking like Miranda Hart attempting to deploy a one-to-one seductive dance.

But then after the fight Fury and his lack of gravitas once more appeared as if it is hardwired into the males in the family to utter the most plum-like of words leaving the public asking, ‘Do what?’

Firstly, he claimed that he won the fight before uttering the outrageous: "His [Usyk’s] country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war."

Despite Fury claiming his entire team of sycophants believed he was ‘up’ before the points decision, no one else in the world, bar one judge who really demands closer inspection, agreed with him and he lost his world title, and hopefully had a bit of the cockiness knocked out of him.

He is crass and uncouth and despite years of such behaviour, he will not change. He will therefore never be afforded the love the British public has for a boxing gent, such as Frank Bruno or Henry Cooper before him.

Fury has in the past said a woman’s “best place is in the kitchen and on her back,” as well as homophobic slurs and abortion ‘jokes.’

It doesn’t take much to be loved forever and a day by the British public with 90% of that love being cemented by the sporting talent which, although on the wane, he has.

It’s the final 10% that is the problem, and no matter what comes, it’s a stretch to imagine he will ever be able to turn the situation around whilst he remains a man who is as cringeworthy as he is offensive.

  • Brett Ellis is a teacher.