Tyson Fury: Comeback Was For 'Everyone Suffering With Mental Health Problems'

A lot has been said in the aftermath of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's pulsating draw in Los Angeles last night, but little will be as important as the message that a bruised and battered Fury gave to the BT Sport cameras in a short post-fight interview.

It has been well documented that Tyson Fury has had his own personal demons to fight before he even got into the ring with the 'Bronze Bomber'. That has included thoughts of suicide, depression, and substance and alcohol misuse.

Credit: BT Sport

Last night he completed a dramatic comeback that - even though he didn't get a decision that many thought his fight merited - must surely rank amongst the greatest returns in boxing history.

To lose as much weight as he did, both mentally and physically, and give the most devastating puncher in the heavyweight division - perhaps even in history - the fight that he did takes tremendous discipline, determination, and mental fortitude, and Fury wasted no time after the fight in trying to express that to the public.

Tyson Fury drew with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles. Credit: PA
Tyson Fury drew with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles. Credit: PA

Looking straight down the camera, he said: "It's an iconic comeback, isn't it?

"After two-and-a-half years out the ring, ten stone ballooned, mental health problems.

"I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back, and it can be done.

"Everybody out there who has the same problems I've been suffering with, I did that for you guys."

He continued: "You know the truth. Everybody knows I won that fight.

"And if I can come back from where I've come from then you can do it too.

"So, get up, get over it and let's do it. Seek help, and let's do it together as a team. I did it for you guys."

Powerful words from an extremely powerful guy. Whatever you think of Tyson Fury, you'd have to agree that those are good words and a vital message.

Plenty of other sportspeople were queuing up to praise Fury following a display that has sent shockwaves through sport after many people thought him finished.

Former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand said:

Ex-world champion Lennox Lewis added:

Another former boxing world champion, Carl Froch, said:

Hopefully Tyson's words can inspire some other people to begin their own journey back to the right path.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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