HAVING three kids with the same name is pretty unusual, but it's nothing to Tyson Fury.
The 31-year-old heavyweight world champion has daughters Venezuela, ten, and two-year-old Valencia Amber with his wife Paris – as well as three sons who are all called Prince.
Prince John James, eight, is the eldest boy, Prince Tyson Fury II is three and their little brother is 12-month-old Prince Adonis Amaziah.
Tyson, who lives in Morecambe, Lancashire, opened up about choosing to call his sons the same thing in his recent ITV documentary, revealing it all stems from his boxing nickname – The Gypsy King.
“I'm a king and they're princes until they earn their rightful name,” he said in the show, which aired ahead of his win against Deontay Wilder on Saturday.
It seems the brood’s unique names were sealed when Paris, now 30, was pregnant with their eldest, with Tyson coming up with her name thanks to a dream.
“One night, while I was sleeping, I thought of Venezuela,” he previously told The Guardian.
“My wife is called Paris. I'm Tyson and [gesturing to his son] he's called Prince John James. If the girl had a normal name it wouldn't fit in, would it?
“I wanted to call the boy Patrick but the wife didn't want it.”
It’s a version of events which Paris sees a little differently as she quickly forced Tyson to reveal the real name he’d wanted for their eldest son – which she immediately ruled out.
“Jesus,” he responded. “Jesus Fury.
“I like that name. A lot of Mexicans are called Jesus.”
When you’re named after boxing legend Mike Tyson yourself, the groundwork is probably set.
Tyson’s dad John Fury has previously explained Iron Mike was the inspiration behind his son’s name, as the fighter was reigning supreme when he was born in 1988.
On top of that, baby Tyson was three months premature and weighed just a pound, so his dad felt he needed a strong start in life.
“I thought, ‘There’s only one name fitting for him, he’s fought hard to become a person living in this world,’” John said.
Fast forward 17 years and Tyson met fellow traveller Paris, then 15, at a friend’s wedding.
Although she initially thought he was “gawky and shy”, the pair got on – but it seems a teenage Tyson was far from the smooth-talker boxing fans love nowadays.
“The only thing I remember him vividly saying was, 'You look like a Sindy doll' and it upset me badly because Sindy is a second rate Barbie,” Paris previously said.
A year later, when Paris was 16, the pair started dating and they married in front of 300 guests in her hometown of Doncaster in 2008.
Venezuela and Prince John James soon followed, with the couple always clear about their plans for a big family.
“Tyson has said he wants 10 kids and I'd be happy with that,” Paris has said.
“God willing we'll get as many as God gives us.”
Both are fiercely proud of their Traveller heritage, with Paris insisting fame and wealth wouldn’t change them.
“I was brought up like a Traveller, you might not live in a trailer but it doesn’t take away what you are, you’re a Traveller, we’re proud of that heritage,” she said.
But it’s not always been an easy road for the couple.
In 2014 they lost a baby at the same time as Tyson’s uncle Hughie died following surgery complications, with the fighter opening up about the devastating time to the Daily Telegraph.
“My wife Paris gave birth to a child at six months old that was dead,” he said.
“I had to be there when she was delivering the baby. We were in one side of the hospital and my uncle Hughie was dying on the other side of the hospital, at the same time."
Four years later, just days before Tyson’s comeback fight against Sefer Seferi, Paris suffered a miscarriage.
Fearing it would impact her husband in the ring, or have an impact on his mental health, she decided not to tell him until after the fight.
“I had to grin and bear it,” she said on This Morning.
“I sat alone in the car crying. It was very tough but I was brought up strong-willed. I tried to keep it together. I’m the glue of the home. If I keep it going we’ll be strong.”
The couple did get pregnant again, welcoming their third son Prince Adonis Amaziah in February last year.
While the exact reason they picked his name isn’t known, Adonis has biblical meanings which likely appealed to the staunchly-religious couple.
Adonis can mean God’s blessing, lord or ruler.
While Tyson might not be totally open about the inspiration behind his kids’ names, he happily admits being a hands-on dad who gets stuck in to nappy changes, night feeds and the school run.
Quite how long that’ll go on for remains a mystery though, with the couple revealing a slight difference of opinion over their kids’ education on their recent ITV show.
While Tyson wants the children to stay at school, Paris favours them following in their footsteps by leaving at 11.
“I was brought up as a Traveller and I want my kids to be brought up as Travellers," she said. "They will probably leave school at 11 and they'll be educated at home from then.
“The boys will take a wife and make their family and the girls will take a husband and make their family.”
Paris is definite the kids won’t leave home until they are married, but Tyson appears to have other ideas.
“You say it's something we've never done but I'm a precedent setter, am I not?” he said on the show.
“The parents of these kids [who don’t continue at school], I call them dream killers. Whatever all of the kids want to do, I'll just be happy they're following their dreams because I hate dream killers.”
He echoed that last year, when asked if he’d like his sons to follow in his footsteps by stepping into the ring.
That got a resounding no, with Tyson revealing much grander plans: “I would like my children to go on and better that. It’s tough in sports, to be the best in your sport.
"I would love them to set a precedent and be the first Fury to graduate at university.”
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