Former unified world champion Tyson Fury will face WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder in a mega-fight at Los Angeles on December 1.
Before inking the match, the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” suffered a year of carrying excess weight. Aside from that, Fury also went through a painful stage of depression, once trying to end his life by driving 190mp/h towards a bridge.
After defeating his mental demons, the English heavyweight is now in his best shape to defeat his boxing opponent. Despite being 400lbs ahead of returning to the ring, Fury was able to achieve the weight benchmark in no time.
On a recent Instagram post, Fury shared a photo of him and his team after completing his remarkable body transformation.
The English heavyweight rose to prominence in the boxing monarchy when he took down Wladimir Klitschko and claimed the unified WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belt in 2015. He was in his twenties when the Manchester pride dominated the heavyweight division.
However, the pinnacle of Fury’s career at 27 was also the time he submerged into a period of depression. He was stripped of his IBF belt seven days after winning due to a rematch clause with Klitschko.
In an interview with martial arts commentator Joe Rogan, the boxing legend once revealed what lies beneath his skin: the darkest corners of his career, depression and an attempt at suicide.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) November 8, 2018
Fury dauntlessly detailed the suffering he has endured in the hands of depression.
“I’d wake up and think, ‘Why did I wake up this morning?’ And this is coming from a man who won everything. Money, fame, glory, titles, a wife, family and kids — everything…”
“I hit the drugs, and I was out with women of the night and not coming home. I didn’t care about boxing or living, I just wanted to die. “
Now that his toughest battle is over, the unified champion’s sights are set on earning a world title anew. He will take on the undefeated Wilder who’s putting his WBC heavyweight belt on the line.
Fury’s Stateside battle will be a feature event on the new pay-per-view channel, BT Sport Box Office HD, which is available on BT TV, Sky and Virgin.
Fury is coming off a 10-round victory against Francesco Pianeta in August. It was also the moment when he and his 32-year-old opponent engaged in a heated confrontation, leading to the official square off in December.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Tyson Fury