Former heavyweight champion gives advice to mental health sufferers with inspirational message

By Mirror: Tuesday, May 21st 2019 at 18:01 GMT +3 | Boxing
Tyson Fury (right) suffered from mental illness after his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 [Courtesy]

Tyson Fury has been vocal about his battle with mental illness in the past having undergone a dramatic journey back to the top.

Fury became an inspiration to millions of sufferers when his comeback culminated in a dramatic draw with Deontay Wilder in a world heavyweight title clash most felt he had won back in December.

During his darkest days, Fury piled on the pounds and peaked at 28 stone, shedding 10 stone before his in-ring return last year after a three-year absence.

He is now barely recognisable compared to that figure as he gets set to kick off a lucrative deal with ESPN against Tom Schwarz on his first Las Vegas appearance on June 15.

But Fury revealed he is simply managing his mental illness which "never goes away" - and has urged fellow sufferers to use exercise to help them to deal with their problems.

Appearing on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show on ESPN, Fury said: "Mental illness never goes away. You can't defeat, you've got to learn to manage and maintain and I seem to be doing a good job of that at the moment.

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"I train every day, even when I'm not boxing, that's my medication, and it seems to work.

"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 as a routine training camp now."

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