Tyson Fury opens up on his mental health issues

Tyson Fury opens up on his mental health issues

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The former Heavyweight Champion spoke at length about his depression

Tyson Fury, a man who divides opinion and seems to cause controversy wherever he goes, has spoken at length about his recent mental health problems that almost cost him his career as well as his own life.

The Former World Heavyweight Champion, appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience on Thursday discussed the depths of his depression; his previous suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and his drug addiction.

“I’d wake up and think, ‘why did I wake up this morning?’ And this is coming from a man who won everything. Money, fame, glory, titles, a wife, family and kids – everything.

Having never touched drugs before the age of 27, defeating Klitschko sent the ‘Gypsy King’ on a downward spiral that only went from bad to worse.

He explained “I hit the drugs, I was out with women of the night and not coming home. I didn’t care about boxing or living, I just wanted to die”.

When his scheduled rematch with Klitschko was cancelled, the issues only got worse and it was in the Summer of 2016 when Fury almost took his own life.

“I would start making these crazy thoughts. I bought a brand new Ferrari convertible. I was in it on the highway and at the bottom, I got the car up to 190mp/h and was heading towards a bridge” Fury said.

“I didn’t care about nothing, I just wanted to die so bad. I gave up on life but as I was heading to the bridge, I heard a voice saying, ‘No, don’t do this Tyson, think about your kids, your family, your sons and daughter growing up without a dad’. “Before I turned into the bridge I pulled onto the motorway, I didn’t know what to do, I was shaking, I was so afraid”.

Like all sufferers of mental health problems should do, Fury got help and his comeback journey is an inspiration to others.

Fury explained “I sought help from a psychiatrist and she told my dad that I was an imminent death risk”

“I was out at Halloween in 2017 dressed as a skeleton but I was 29 and everyone was younger and I thought ‘is this what I want from my life?’

“I left early and went home into a dark room, took the skeleton suit off and I prayed to God to help me. I’d never begged god to help me. I could feel the tears running down my face. I almost accepted that being an alcoholic was my fate but after praying for 10 minutes, I got up I felt the weight lift off my shoulders. For the first time in my life I thought I was going to be okay.”

In just five weeks, the undefeated Brit will get his chance to compete when he takes on Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight title, the only title that eluded him during his initial rise through the heavyweight ranks.

Fury remains a divided figure in boxing, but he’s got to be praised for overcoming his problems and the way he’s encouraging others to speak up about their problems.

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