“I Just Wanted Him to Be Healthy”- Ricky Hatton Recalls Meeting the Overweight Tyson Fury

Published 10/03/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
COLOGNE, GERMANY – APRIL 28: Tyson Fury reacts as Wladimir Klitschko speaks to the media during Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko head to head press conference on April 28, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Fury v Klitschko Part 2 will take place in Manchester on July 9 for the WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight belts. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)


A few years back, Tyson Fury was in the most dreadful period of his life as he was battling serious mental illness. Fury gained a tremendous amount of weight back then and even stopped competing. As a result, he was stripped off his heavyweight titles which he won in 2015, beating Wladimir Klitschko.

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Recently, one of his teammates and former boxing sensation from the UK, Ricky Hatton, was in a chat with BT Sport Boxing. Here, he opened up on his meeting with ‘The Gypsy King’ when he was in the worst shape of his life.

“I remember seeing him in Manchester when he was. He must have been 20 plus stone.”

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“Tyson would be there and that he’d say ‘Oh, I’m going in the gym next week, Rick.”

“Looking at the size here, I just wanted him to be healthy, just wanted him to get his life back on track never mind. You know, getting in the gym and being a champion again”

Post his dark phase, Fury resurrected again and hit the gym every day to get a hang of his skills once again. Since then, there has been no turning back for ‘The Gypsy King’. He lost a massive amount of weight and finally, in 2018, he again came into the squared circle to continue his professional stint.

Moving ahead, he faced Deontay Wilder in the same year and fought astonishingly well to survive the wrath of ‘The Bronze Bomber’s power.

Tyson Fury and his success story

Fury and Wilder’s first fight ended with a draw, and everyone was eager to see what will happen in their rematch. That said, in February 2020, both these heavyweights met again to settle the debate on one true winner.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

‘The Gypsy King’ made full use of this opportunity. And he brutalized Wilder by moving ahead with his shots.

He figured out Wilder relies heavily on his right-hand power. As a result, he didn’t let the Alabama native connect one significant right hand throughout the fight.

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Beating Wilder to the pulp, Fury finally claimed a T/KO win in round 7. With this win, he registered his name in the history books and pinned himself as an inspiration for one and all.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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