It is a no longer news that Tyson Fury , the British boxer, was a long time victim of mental health issues. Having battled and overcomed to a large extent, he has come-out to share a message of hope to follow sufferers.
Fury, who has been quite outspoken about his struggles with mental illness in the past having undergone a dramatic journey back to the top.
He became a source of motivation to millions of mentally ill individuals when his comeback into boxing resulted in a dramatic draw with Deontay Wilder in a world heavyweight title clash In which most people felt he had won back in December.
In his dark days, Fury piled on so much weight and he peaked at 28 stone, shedding almost 10 stone before his return to the boxing ring last year after a three year absence.
He is now a totally different personality to that figure 3 years ago. He is gearing up for he a bout with Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15(a first time event) after signing a lucrative deal with ESPN.
Although Fury revealed he is just trying to manage his mental illness which “never seems to goes away” – and has urged fellow sufferers to use exercise to help them to deal with their problems.
Upon appearing on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN , Fury said: “Mental illness does not completely go away. You can’t defeat it, you’ve got to learn to manage and maintain and I seem to be doing a good job of that at the moment.
“I’d encourage anyone who is suffering from mental health problems to take up working out, because it lets off an endorphin in the brain and gives you that feel-good factor.”
Fury jetted to America to continue his preparations to face Schwarz this week, although at the weekend he declared he is “ready” to fight right now.
Speaking at a press conference in London last week, he revealed how much he is enjoying boxing again.
“It is something I am enjoying as an athlete, a person and boxer,” he said.
“I really love my job at the minute, more than I have ever done before. I used to think boxing was a chore, a job to go to.
“I trained hard for a fight and then put a ton of weight back on. Now I enjoy what I do, keep fit even when I am not boxing. I almost live my life at a routine training camp now.
“Mental illness is a serious issue that should not be taken with levity. Most especially in sports, as lots of athletes tend to face a lot of criticisms during and after their playing career, it is therefore important to take care of them.
William Kellogg is a veteran writer who’s covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.