“Didn’t Think I Was Going to Come Back at Any Stage”: Years After Battling Depression and Addiction, Tyson Fury Makes Honest Confession About Making His Return to Boxing

Published 10/26/2023, 12:03 AM EDT

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After Tyson Fury became the unified Heavyweight champion against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, ‘The Gypsy King’ dealt with mental health issues which led him to take refuge in alcohol and drugs. Subsequently, the British boxer gained major weight and for the time being, lost his will to fight. As a result, in 2016, in an unprecedented state of affairs, Fury vacated his WBA, WBO and IBO titles. Eventually, due to inactivity, The Ring stripped him of his IBF title too.

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At this stage, apart from the fans, Tyson Fury felt his boxing career was over. Let alone winning another belt, ‘The Gypsy King’ thought he would never wear his gloves and enter the ring again. However, as fate would have it, he shocked the boxing world with his return against Deontay Wilder in 2018 and eventually conquered the WBC title. Today, ahead of the biggest crossover fight in combat sports against Francis Ngannou, the 35-year-old recounted his battle with drugs and alcohol and how he amazed himself with his inspiring comeback.

Tyson Fury admits learning life lessons amidst his struggle with drugs and alcohol

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According to Tyson Fury, he started off well and demonstrated that he could leave an indelible mark on the sport. In this context, ‘The Gypsy King’ recalled how stunningly he won the first nine fights in his pro career.  “It’s been a fairy tale mid-end to my career. When it started off, it was good. I was all on ITV and I had nine fights with me first year,” Tyson Fury said. However, soon Fury struggled with his mental health and things went “from bad to worse.”

By the by, it was about 30 months that Fury remained outside the ring. At this, he almost felt he would not return to the sport anymore. “S**t happens in life and it’s a lesson for anybody. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Because I was out of boxing [for] 30 months. It’s a long time. And I didn’t think I was going to come back at any stage,” Fury added.

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However, Fury not only returned but also won the Comeback of the Year award by The Ring in 2018. In this context, ‘The Gypsy King’ also spoke about going through his old videos when he was out of shape.

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Fury amazed himself with his return

In this latest interview with Dev Sahni, Tyson Fury, who’ll fight Oleksandr Usyk after Ngannou, expressed that he shocked himself when he went through his old videos recently. “I was very heavy. I looked at myself in videos last night,” he said. “I’m even amazed how I come back, shocking really,” he concluded.

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Undoubtedly, Fury’s comeback is an inspiration to many. Hopefully, with the experiences he gained from life, Fury will deliver memorable performances against both Ngannou and Usyk. But, what do you think of Fury’s latest statements? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. As an experienced commercial writer and athlete himself, Samrat brings a unique perspective and a deep passion for boxing to his work. He holds a post-graduation degree and has over 800 articles to his credit.
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