A candid Tyson Fury has opened up again about his battle with mental health and depression after his stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
The 30-year-old Brit defied the odds when he travelled to Düsseldorf in 2015 and stripped the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring magazine titles from Dr Steelhammer.
And while Fury climbed to the top of the boxing world with his upset over Klitschko, it was the start of a long battle with mental health.
Now, the Gypsy King lifted the lid on his battle with depression after his famous victory.
“It doesn’t get any darker than not wanting to live. That’s as dark as it can go, I suppose, and that’s where at I was in my life,” he told ESPN.
“I prayed to God to kill me. I’d wake up in the morning and I’d say why did I wake up again, why am I back in this place I don’t want to be?
“This is a man who’s got everything, by the way — wife, family, achievements, money, fame, glory — everything.
“But it didn’t mean nothing because I was very unwell, and when you’re in that very dark place nothing matters, nothing.
“Nobody will ever really know how far I came back, apart from my immediate family.”
It’s not the first time that the Manchester-born superstar opened up about his battle with mental health.
He admitted on the Joe Rogan Experience last year that he came close to taking his own life as he battled his inner demons.
But Fury has once again climbed the mountain after his superb boxing comeback and almost beat Deontay Wilder in December, with the fight ending in a controversial draw.
Fury, who is set to fight Tom Schwarz on Saturday, has not forgotten about his rivalry with Wilder and fired out a warning shot.
“If Deontay Wilder ever had a prayer of beating me, that was his time, he couldn’t do it,” he explained.
“I can beat Wilder seven days a week and twice on a Sunday. He’ll be looking up off his back next time we meet.”
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Don’t suffer in silence. It’s okay not to be okay, and it’s also okay to reach out for help when dealing with mental health.
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