‘I still battle on a daily basis’: Tyson Fury reveals he still struggles with mental health issues in heartfelt video released on sixth anniversary of his world heavyweight title victory over Wladimir Klitschko
Tyson Fury has admitted that he still struggles ‘on a daily basis’ with mental health issues in an inspiring video the Gypsy King released six years to the day he beat Wladimir Klitschko and became unified boxing champion.
The 33-year-old posted a self-shot message to fans in which he opened acknowledging the historic victory, but then going on to speak of his well-documented spiral into an alcohol and drug-fuelled depression.
While Fury managed to drag himself back from the depths of despair to reignite his boxing career, he highlighted how he continues to battle with his mental health issues.
Tyson Fury has revealed that he still struggles with mental health problems ‘on a daily basis’
Fury posted a video on the six-year anniversary of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko (left)
‘Happy anniversary to me,’ he starts in the video.
‘Six years ago today, The Gypsy King was born. I beat Wladimir Klitschko and became the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
‘Soon after, I came down with mental health struggle. So no one is ever, ever, ever safe from mental health (issues). No matter who you are or what you are.
‘I had a long, long, long, hard battle and I continue to have a long hard battle on a daily basis.’
The Klitscho win made Fury unified heavyweight champion, but soon after he fell into depression
Fury’s recovery saw him take on American Deontay Wilder in a blockbuster trilogy that the Gypsy King won. In doing so, he regained his reputation as one of the world’s best heavyweight boxers.
He has been in long-running talks to fight Anthony Joshua, and his camp is also in negotiations and legal wrangling over a fight with Dillian Whyte, highlighting just how in-demand and box-office Fury has once again become.
In that light, Fury signed off his video with a hopeful message to others suffering with mental health issues.
‘So to anyone who is struggling out there today, this is your day,’ he said. ‘Be positive, be strong; never give up and always keep fighting.
Fury left an inspiring message to others saying they should ‘never give up’ and ‘keep fighting’
‘All the best to everybody. God bless, happy Sunday, all the best.’
Despite not being in the ring, Fury remains close to the headlines for his role in stoking up tensions between his brother Tommy Fury and Jake Paul.
The pair are due to fight in Florida on 18 December, and a highly unsavoury live press conference saw filthy insults traded and Tyson calling Paul a ‘w****r’ on air.
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