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Tyson Fury admits he ‘would be dead within a year’ if he could not train as he prepares for Deontay Wilder rematch amid ongoing mental health issues

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Tyson Fury admits he would be ‘dead within a week’ if he could not train as he revealed the extent of his mental health issues.

The ‘Gypsy King’ has remained active since making his professional comeback against Sefer Seferi in June 2018 and has worked his way back to the top of the heavyweight pile.

From his farce fight against Albania’s second-best cruiserweight, Fury will take on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on February 22 in Las Vegas – LIVE on talkSPORT.

Tyson Fury has laid bare his mental health issues
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The winner will not only leave with the prestigious gold and green strap and the lineal heavyweight crown, but the right to call themselves the best in the world.

However, despite remaining active throughout 2019 with two fights in Sin City, a stint in WWE and a Christmas single, Fury admits he still struggles to deal with mental health problems which kept him out of the ring for so long.

After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, the 31-year-old fell into a drink and drug-fuelled state of depression and considered committing suicide.

In an interview with Behind the Gloves, the Brit admitted he is still yet to completely vanquish these dark thoughts.

Fury joined talkSPORT in November to discuss his mental health issues
talkSPORT

“I look forward to Saturdays,” Fury said. “I do a long run in the morning and then I will do something with the kids or whatever I can.

“Then Sunday comes and every Sunday I am absolutely suicidal – every single Sunday whether I am in camp or I am at home.

“It is like the world has ended and I just want to not live anymore.

“That is Sunday. And then I go to bed on a Sunday night thinking yeah Monday is tomorrow I can start my stuff again. Back to the gym, back to the coffee shop, back to the lunch, back to the kids.

“That is the way I live. It is routine that is keeping me alive and keeping me going.

“If I give up the gym I will be dead within a year that is for sure.”


talkSPORT will bring live and exclusive commentary of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 2 on February 22

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