Tyson Fury has raised the cap on his roller coaster battle to overcome his health mental problem, alcoholism and drug addiction that kept him out of boxing for two years and more but he reached the climax with his approaching battle in opposition to Deontay Wilder for the world heavyweight title, reports by Daily Mail.
In November 2015, Tyson Fury ascended as the king of the division when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, only to give up his belts during problems in his personal life. This year before he returned to the ring, Fury swell out to 28st before losing his excess weight.
In a press trip of the United States, the 30 year old has revealed just how consequential his problems appeared during his time out of the sport. On December 1st in Los Angeles, Fury will look to become a two-time heavyweight champion when he defeats Wilder.
Tyson Fury told the Breakfast Club saying, “I needed some time off, i’d been boxing from boxing since 10, 11 years old up to 27 with no breaks. So i needed time to live a little and enjoy myself but it just went too far. I had everything – money, fame, glory, good looks. I had it all, everything a man would ever want but yet it didn’t mean anything, I wanted to die on a daily basis.”
“Material goods are only good for when things are going right in your life…you can have everything in the world and feel like s*** on a daily basis because no one can see inside the mind.”
Earlier this year he returned and secured wins against SeferSeferi and Francesco Pianeta following a therapist helped him ‘get his life back on track’. While six months of exhausting training, dieting and ‘plenty of sex’ helped him with weight loss.
Tyson now faces the huge challenge of the undefeated Wilder. But the Briton is bullish claiming: ‘I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, mental health has to be the biggest enemy i’ve ever, ever, ever fought with than any opponent.’
“I really don’t know what had me depressed but i knew i was just spiralling out of control. The only thing i could think of to make it better and go away for a bit was getting drunk and that just led to problems after problems after problems.”
He also added, “i look at Deontay Wilder, i don’t see some superhero, i just see a man with a pair of boxing gloves on, another bare bum in the shower.”
He also asserted that it was the Bronze Bomber who gave him the motivation he needed to lose nearly 10st and resume his profession.
“I saw this little video he made and he said ‘Tyson Fury is finally finished, we’ll never see him again’ and that was the day i got my running shoes back out. I started a run but i ended up walking because i couldn’t run 100 yards, i was that fat. I trained myself back nice and steady, we had fairy tale story.”
Fury’s wife, Paris and their young four children was pinched by the heavyweight’s problems, with Fury claiming he would vanish for days on end. “Can you imagine being married to jack the lad, the heavyweight champion of the world, the person everybody is talking about and then it all goes wrong,” he said.
“He hits the drink, he’s out every night until five in the morning, sometimes didn’t come home for three days – i’d go to the shop and end up in New York…from Morcambe…I was way out of control.”
Tyson Fury has now come to terms with his problems and is more aware of how and why to deal with any mental health problems.
“I thought i was dying, i thought i was having a heart attack, i rushed myself into A&E, i said: ‘look, i think i’ve been drugged, someone’s trying to kill me, test me, i want a blood test right now. I’m having a heart attack, i think i’ve had a stroke.” he claimed.
He has since used his popularity to try and spread awareness of the issue, which he still feels is a taboo for many in the United Kingdom.