Tyson Fury still "mentally unwell" as heavyweight opens up on depression battle

Tyson Fury has admitted he still encounters mental-health issues “on a day-to-day basis” despite fighting back from the brink of suicide.

The Gypsy King has spoken openly about his battle with mental illness in recent years, revealing he even came close to taking his own life at the height of it.

After toppling Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury turned to drink and drugs in a bid to combat depression, meaning he ballooned to almost 380lbs.

Many doubted whether he would ever lace up a pair of gloves again, only to be proved wrong in 2018.

Against all the odds, Fury turned his life around by returning to training and shedding the pounds he had piled on in his time away from the sport.

He then completed the comeback by climbing through the ropes again in tune-up wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, before being denied the fairytale story in a controversial draw with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Of course, Fury left nothing to chance in his rematch with Wilder back in February, producing a career-best performance to rip the title from his grasp.

Despite appearing to be back at his physical and mental peak, however, the 31-year-old admits he still suffers low points on a daily basis.

When asked if the coronavirus lockdown was tough on his mental health, Fury told BT Sport: “Let me answer that question nice and simple for you. Never mind lockdown, there are low points on a day-to-day basis.

“When you are mentally unwell like I am on a daily basis, I have to deal with it and I have a mechanism now to deal with mental health problems, which is training, thinking positive and doing other stuff.

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“I have short-term goals and whatever, but there will always be low points.

“Over lockdown, it was almost a blessing for me. I had been away from a long time, mid-November I went away to America for the big fight.

“I put a long time into that fight and I come back to my family and all of a sudden this thing happens, this pandemic.

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  • “Everything that was going to happen, it just stopped. For the boxing, for everyone, the interviews, it all went dead – and it was almost like a blessing to me.

    “I didn't have all that work to do, and I was still training anyway.

    “It was terrible, but you have to make a positive out of every negative.”

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