How Tyson Fury won his biggest battle outside the ring
TYSON FURY Fought Deontay Wilder in one of the most anticipated fights in recent years. However, Fury’s toughest battle was outside the ring with his own mental health issues.
The undefeated boxer has had many ups and downs since he defeated Vladimir Klitschko in 2015. Fury achieved his lifetime goal of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, however, the victory left him struggling for motivation to continue in the sport. In a recent interview on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, Tyson Fury described his victory over the Ukrainian as his ‘Everest moment’. Tyson told Rogan he knew after this fight that he would be depressed. He had the desire to become champion but he revealed he could not get himself ready for the prospects of another fight.
It is rare you hear an athlete speak so openly about their mental health issues but Tyson Fury has been breaking that stigma in the build up to this super fight. He openly discussed how he turned to alcohol and drugs to numb his own suffering. Daily drinking and poor choices of lifestyle led to Fury ballooning up to four hundred pounds. Fury told Rogan that he was on the brink of suicide in the Summer of 2016. The former champion was in his Ferrari and intended on driving on a bridge at over 190 miles an hour.
A simple voice telling him ‘don't’ is what stopped him. Thoughts of his family and leaving them behind made him realize that he had to much to live for. Since then, he has gone to a psychologist to seek help for his mental health issues. The psychologist told Fury that if it wasn’t for his faith, he would be long gone.
Tyson had to overcome some legal issues with the BBOFC (British Boxing Board Of Control) and the UKAD (United Kingdom Anti-Doping) for failed drug tests during this period of depression. The undefeated boxer also had a failed test for a banned substance however there was no proof of any wrong doing on his part. The boxer was also ruled out of a potential second fight with Klitschko as his psychologist told the British boxing board that he was ‘‘ medically unfit to fight”. He was told that once he was cleared by a professional he would be able to return to fighting.
The self proclaimed 'Gypsy King' returned to training and quickly lost the weight he had put on. Tyson Fury’s method for coming to terms with his depression was to set new goals. He became rejuvenated by trying to lose ten pounds each week. Fury’s faith was also huge in helping him fight depression but he mainly overcame his problems finding new aims in his life.
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He avoided taking prescription pills in his treatment and he used getting back in shape as a way to tire his mind out. The current goal for Tyson Fury is to defeat Deontay Wilder. After two warm up fights, the 'Gypsy King' feels he is ready to take on Wilder for the heavyweight championship. Wilder is an undefeated, charismatic American boxer who possesses huge power in his punches. Two undefeated fighters are putting there legacy on the line this Sunday. It has the potential to be one of the best fights of all time with two undefeated fighters fighting at the perfect time. More importantly for Fury, this fight has him focused again so it will be interesting to see who prevails.
Tyson Fury has been a controversial figure throughout his career, however, his openness with in regards to his own battle with mental health could help thousands of people around the world to speak out. It is fantastic to see someone with such fame from a sport as tough as boxing speaking out on an issue that is still difficult for men to discuss.