Tyson Fury says he is “as healthy as a trout” two years into his epic comeback from the brink of boxing oblivion.
Fury’s battle with mental health issues has been well-documented and his career and even life were in constant doubt during a near three-year hiatus from the ring following that epic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
The future looked incredibly bright on that night in Dusseldorf as Fury easily outpointed the long-time champion to take the titles, but instead it was to usher in the darkest period of his life, one where suicide became a very real possibility.
Fury did not give up though, he fought back and – despite ballooning to 400lbs during that hiatus – he came back, better and stronger than ever before.
And on Saturday, just over two years since a return to the ring which culminated in him becoming world heavyweight champion for a second time by destroying Deontay Wilder in February, he took to Twitter to celebrate this incredible story of victory over adversity.
He said: “Massive shoutout to my team every single member you know who you are. There was a time not so long ago where I was so unwell the only thing I could think of was death and how I didn’t want to be alive, just over 2 years later I’m loving life and healthy as a trout, & have reached the pinnacle of sport again, this shows you no matter how bad things get you must continue as things will get better I promise you, you can get your life back. Seek help immediately #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealthawareness #staysafe have a blessed weekend, much love to every1.”
Massive shoutout to my team every single member you know who you are. There was a time not so long ago where I was so unwell the only thing I could think of was death and how I didn’t want to be alive, just over 2 years later I’m loving life and healthy as a trout, & have reached pic.twitter.com/A37ALhlzyU
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) August 8, 2020
Fury has been completely open about what has been a lifelong battle with mental health issues, so much so that he has become a real force for good on the topic, a true ambassador.
His book – ‘Tyson Fury: Behind The Mask’ documents those struggles and won critical acclaim as well as the prestigious award for Telegraph Sports Book Of The Year.
Fury’s daily workouts with wife Paris on Instagram during lockdown were also seen as a huge positive influence for many who have struggled with the shocking change to normal life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.