Tyson Fury’s Mental Health Journey

Tyson Fury

An Unexpected Win

Dallas Vliss
Dallas Vliss

Before I start talking about the fight of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder on 2 December NZT, I should probably go back a bit and give you the beginning of this story of Tyson Fury’s mental health journey.

On 28 November 2015 Tyson Fury challenged unbeaten Ukrainian Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko for his titles in Germany. Tyson Fury was well and truly the underdog and wasn’t expected to win. I didn’t think he’d win. And he surprised everyone by dominating Klitschko and winning a comfortable decision in the end.

A Massive High Is Followed By A Massive LowTyson Fury's mental health journey

Tyson has been dealing with depression his whole life.  So before the fight, he told his team and his father, that this is probably going to be his last fight. He said this because every time he has a massive high, there always comes a massive low.

So when he beat Klitschko he knew that this was going to be his last fight and so the next day he had a massive low from the previous days massive high. And that is where the mental health part comes into it. So he went downhill after that win. Even though he had the titles, the money, fame, and a family. You can have everything, but with depression, it can make you feel like you have nothing. Like an empty void that feels like it needs to be filled.

Tyson Fury’s Mental Health Problems Escalate

So he went downhill after that win. He gained a lot of weight. He was out a lot, drinking, doing drugs and ended up getting the belt stripped off him. So he was out of boxing and he turned to drugs and alcohol. Tyson tried to commit suicide one time when he was driving in his car. He was going about 190 down the highway and he was going to crash into a bridge. Tyson was going to end it all right then but decided not to do it because of his family.

Tyson ended up surviving that day and basically going home and drank himself silly. He felt that when he drinks it stops the pain but that’s kind of like a backhand because at that moment it stops the pain but afterward, the next day, it’s even worse.

So Tyson Fury’s mental health issues escalated. He gained about 140 pounds and he got done for cocaine. He was heavily drinking, attempted suicide and there was no light at the end of the tunnel for Tyson. American fighter, Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39 KOs) was taking over basically and knocking everyone out and gaining all the spotlight away from Fury. But what triggered Tyson to make a comeback was when Deontay said that “Fury is done. He’s a mess and he won’t be back and if he does come back I’ll knock him out anyway”.

Tyson Fury's mental health journeyIt’s More Than Just A Boxing Match

So that sort of put the spark back in Tyson and he basically said: “I’m going to come back and shut your mouth”. He got the court problems sorted out. It cost a lot of money but he got it sorted.

He’s gone from alcohol abuse, suicide attempts, drug abuse, and depression, to getting his boxing license back, losing 140 pounds, being mentally and physically fit and ready to regain the world title. He wants to prove that you can come back from mental health problems and that’s the most important thing from this match. It’s more than just a boxing match. It’s sort of personal for a lot of people. And it’s like they’re in the ring fighting with him.

I”m looking forward to this fight personally because I’m 22 and I’ve dealt with mental health issues and been on medication since I was five years old – from Ritalin to Fluoxetine and anti-psychotics. Obviously, he’s 30 now and he’s older than me but he says things that remind me of my dad (who also had bad depression). Tyson felt that his partner was poisoning him. He thought the doctors were poisoning him and that everyone was against him. That’s what depression does. It stops you from thinking straight. Just remember that’s’ the depression talking, not the real you. And that’s why this fight is so important to me and not just me but the millions of people suffering around the world with mental health issues.

Tyson Fury’s Comeback Highlights Mental Health Issues

Tyson Fury’s Mental Health has drawn attention to a worldwide epidemic.  He is the poster boy for people suffering from mental health problems. It would be the crème de la crème if he was to win this fight. Tyson says he’s not doing it for the money and he’s not doing it for the fame. He’s doing it simply for the people who are suffering from mental health issues.

Tyson’s been out of boxing for three years. He last fought on 28 November 2015. He had two previous fights a couple of months ago but they were more exhibition fights, more sparring against Peanetar and Safari. They’re more journeyman so to speak. They weren’t any challenge.

This is a very scary time for Tyson Fury fans. I’m nervous. Very, very nervous. I really want him to win because there’s an important message in him winning. A successful win would show that you can be so far down the well but you can still get out even though it seems impossible.

If you have mental health issues speak with family and friends, seek medical help and find out more about dealing with anxiety and depression.

As the great Stephen Hawking once said: “While there’s life, there’s hope”.

Please share your personal experiences with mental health problems and comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Tyson Fury’s Mental Health Journey

  1. Dan says:

    I watched the Joe Rogan podcast where he opens up about his struggles with depression. I’ve competed in boxing myself (not to a high level) and the training is stressful but it gives you focus. After the fight – win or lose – I kind of felt ’empty’ and drained. It often took me quite a long time to get motivated to get back in the gym.

    Great post.

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