It’s always a nightmare for fighters to get pulled out of their bouts due to injuries obtained during training… Strangely, Tyson Fury once dreamt of getting knocked out ahead one of the most crucial fights of his boxing career.
On the first day of December, the lineal heavyweight champion will put on his gloves against Deontay Wilder for his title and his rival’s WBC belt. But prior to accepting the match, Fury doubted his place in the world of combat sports.
Fury Vs Klitschko Rematch
The undefeated Brit was supposed to rematch Klitschko in 2016 but was postponed and eventually cancelled due to Fury’s drugs ban issues and surprisingly, depression.
This Isn’t For Me Anymore
Currently, the 30-year-old heavyweight is back in shape and right mind frame to prove his place in the sport after a three-year fighting hiatus. In an interview with the Fighting Spirit Podcast, Fury admitted how bad things were back in 2016, revealing he wanted to get knocked out in sparring just to evade his Klitschko rematch.
“Peter [Fury’s uncle and former trainer] knew I was struggling and he knew what I was going through. He decided that we were going to go to Holland and train because we’d had a good time there.”
“I was there and I felt so down on a daily basis. There wasn’t one day that went past where I didn’t go to bed at night saying, ‘I’m gonna go home in the morning, this isn’t for me anymore.”
“Peter could see in my eyes that I didn’t have it anymore. I just didn’t want to be there. In the sparring, I would stand there and have big heavyweights tee off on me and not defend myself.”
“We had Robert Helenius over and he can testify to this, I was just standing there and letting Robert hit me bang in the face with right hands.”
“I’d be head-butting the ring corners and stuff. I wanted him to knock me out. I wanted to be knocked out on the floor.
“No matter how much money was on the table I just couldn’t motivate myself anymore.”
Now that the father of five has defeated his own demons, it’s safe to assume that he sees the Bronze Bomber as a much easier rival.
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