WATCH: Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr. Share Inspiring Stories in a Charity Event

Published 04/18/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


Boxing’s heavyweight division is full of elites and with Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr. onboard, there isn’t a scarcity of inspiring tales that can energize several people all over the world. Both men had a similar journey in life, dealing with umpteen problems away from the ring.

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While many of their critics also predicted to see them disappear from the boxing picture, Fury and Ruiz Jr. have constantly beaten the odds to reach where they stand today. Although they can arguably lock horns soon, Fury and Ruiz have nothing but respect for each other.

The heavyweight pair recently connected in a charity event and both men shared their life-changing stories to the crowd. Revisiting their dark days, Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr. revealed how they had turned the tables in their life.

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“I became a world heavyweight champion in 2015. Within six months I would back down to noting again. Because I was depressed and a lot of mental health problems, depressed, anxiety, and struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, and I think I didn’t want to live anymore. I tried to take my own life,” said ‘The Gypsy King’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury reacts after the final bell in his heavy weight fight against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

However, Fury has transitioned himself into a world champion again. Coming back stronger from the aforementioned problems and a three-year hiatus, Fury shocked the world in 2018. He fought Wilder to a draw, but vanquished him in 2020 to become the WBC titleholder.

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Akin to Fury, Ruiz Jr. also suffered criticism for his weight. When he first clashed against Anthony Joshua, no one favored him to win. However, the Mexican stunned the world and landed one of the biggest upsets ever in heavyweight boxing. So, he could relate a lot with Tyson Fury.

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Addressing his past, the Mexican elite said, “I don’t think me and Tyson would have been here you know. It just feels so good to express what we all have been through. Anything is possible, you know. No one believed I was going to become the heavyweight champion of the world, being overweight.”

While Andy Ruiz Jr. is trying to resurrect himself in the ongoing title ride, he will return to action against Chris Arreola in May. On winning, he can rightfully demand a championship shot. Nevertheless, Fury and Joshua need to battle out each other to let others enter the mix.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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