Tyson Fury opens up about his fight with depression ahead of his heavyweight showdown with Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Behind the feigned madness, the provocative rants and insults lies a simple man, The Gypsy King as he likes to calls himself. Unlike his father who has recently completed a prison term for gouging out an assailant’s eye in a brawl, Fury has no criminal record and cannot recall being involved in a real fight outside the ring.
For starters, Fury’s biggest enemy is not Klitschko or any other heavyweight. It is depression as he opened up in an interview. The ring infact is his refuge to save himself from depression.
“I have no fear when it comes time to fight time,” he says. “No nerves. No trepidation. No matter who is in the opposite corner. This is a place where I enjoy myself.”
“I have a responsibility to fight but also a duty to entertain. So I dance round the ring. I sing in the ring after I win. Why not?”
“You have to be a decent fighter but in this business that is not enough in itself. You don’t get noticed if you do nothing unusual.”
About his fight with Klitschko, the 6ft 9in Fury says, “I’m not in a bad place. I’m calm. I don’t see myself doing much at the final press conference and weigh-in. Maybe a few laughs. The tickets are sold and the Sky pay-per-view buys are going well. I’m not wanting to burn up much more energy now. I’m just looking forward to the fight.”
Confident that he can end the Klitschko reign over heavyweight boxing, Fury adds, “I am confident. I believe I am the best in the world. I think I can end the Klitschko reign over heavyweight boxing. Although there would be no point getting on the plane if I didn’t, would there?”
“But I am a fatalist. I absolutely know that if I am meant to win, I will win. If I am meant to lose, I will lose.”
“Beating Klitschko would be a tremendous achievement in itself. But becoming world champion would not change my life.”
Speaking about his depression, the 27 year old Fury says, “It’s when I am fat not fit that I get depressed,” says the man who has had gained up to more than 25 stones before previous fights – seven stones above his optimum boxing weight – and has at times come into the ring with surplus poundage about his belly.
“That’s when I hate myself. That’s why, no matter what I may have said before, I will box again after this.”
“If I win this big fight there will be more big fights for me. Like Deontay Wilder for that WBC belt to unify every last one of the world titles. If I lose there will be fights at home. Like Anthony Joshua soon as he’s ready. I will keep fighting because I have to stay in shape.”
He further adds: “From now on I will have to train every day for the rest of my life. Because it is being over-weight which makes me unhappy with myself.”
Echoing him, his uncle and trainer Peter says, “Winning the world heavyweight title definitely will change his life. Not in the way everyone might think but for the better, for the good of his life. Win this one and there will be a string of big title fights to keep him boxing every three or four months and constantly in training. He’s only happy when he’s fighting so being world champion will be the antidote for his depression.”