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How Tyson Fury overcame depression, anxiety, mental health issues

Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury, 31, of England is one of the sportsmen who openly talk about mental health. The undefeated heavyweight boxer named after Mike Tyson, 53, of the United States recently talked about how boxing became instrumental to his battle against depression, anxiety and mental health issues.

Fury’s fight against suicidal thoughts

“Depression, anxiety, mental health issues, I’ve had them my whole life and probably will do until the day I die,” Fury told the Los Angeles Times. “When you’ve achieved your goals, then mental health will really come into play because you don’t have anything to focus on anymore. For a long time, I wanted to die on a daily basis.”

Fury pointed out that mental illness will bring people to their knees. He added, “Boxing and training brought me back.”

Training serves as Fury’s medicine, therapy and refuge. At one point in his life, he gained so much weight, thought he no longer had a purpose in life and drove his Ferrari 190 toward a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide.

Fortunately, Fury did not end his life and he is here to tell his story. After going on hiatus from 2016 to 2017, he returned to the ring in 2018 and resumed his boxing career and basically his life.

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Fury’s fight against undefeated boxers

From 2018 to 2019, Fury faced five opponents. Three of them were undefeated namely Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 34, of the United States, Tom Schwartz, 25, of Germany and Otto “All In” Wallin, 29, of Sweden.

On December 1, 2018, Fury and Wilder competed for the World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. The bout ended in a draw.

On June 15, 2019, Fury won the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship title by knocking out Schwartz at the MGM Grand Arena in Paradise, Nevada, USA. On September 14, 2019, the English boxer defeated Wallin via unanimous decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, marking the first loss of the Swedish boxer.

The rematch between Fury and Wilder will take place at the MGM Arena on February 22, 2020. They will compete for the WBC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles.

Currently, Fury holds a professional boxing record of 29 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw. Here is the undefeated English boxer talking about mental health and his upcoming rematch with Wilder:

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