Tyson Fury converted to Islam? Former heavyweight champion changes name on Twitter and posts picture in a kaftan and skull cap. Check Tyson Fury converted to Islam? Reality. Tyson Fury is currently suspended from boxing by the Board of Control. He is under investigation after admitting to taking ‘lots’ of cocaine. This week, Fury took to Twitter to hint that he has converted to Islam. The devout Christian changed his name to ‘Riaz Tyson Muhammad’.
Tyson Fury is not one to avoid controversy, regularly confusing his fans with fake retirements and random Twitter outbursts.
But his latest move may well be the most bold, as the Gypsy King appears to have converted religion from Christianity to Islam.
The previously-strong Christian took to Twitter this week, changing his name to ‘Riaz Tyson Muhammad’, while also uploading a new profile picture of him wearing a kaftan and a skull cap.
The 28-year-old, who has had his licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control following a failed drugs test, also uploaded a video of him praying before a fight.
The footage, which appears to have been filmed in November ahead of his win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, sees he and his team say a Christian prayer, before a trainer takes over with a seemingly Islam version.
In the post, Fury writes: ‘This is what I’m about unity throughout the world’.
The boxer has since deleted the post and changed his profile back, with his name now reading ‘TysonlukefuryakaGK’.
Religion is not something Fury has previously shied away from, offending many with a rant about homosexuality and paedophilia at the end of 2015.
He said: ‘We live in an evil world, the devil is very strong at the minute, very strong, and I believe the end is near. The Bible tells me the end is near. The world tells me the end is near. Just a short few years, I reckon, away from being finished.
Fury has been suffering from severe depression, initially having his rematch with Klitschko abandoned due to an ankle injury before he was declared ‘medically unfit to fight’ in the rearranged bout due in Manchester on October 29.
Reports have since emerged that he also tested positive for cocaine, and the heavyweight initially poked fun at the situation by posting a picture on Twitter of himself edited into a cocaine scene from the film Scarface – but he later admitted to frequent use of the Class A drug.
The fighter is set to face a probe from the UK Anti-doping Agency after a sample from 2015 – nine months before he beat Klitschko – is said to have contained traces of the banned substance nandrolone.