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Sport Heavyweight boxing superstar Tyson Fury opens up on mental health struggles ahead of Deontay Wilder rematch

06:55  14 february  2020
06:55  14 february  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Tyson Fury is undoubtedly one of boxing's biggest stars - but the 'lineal' heavyweight champion of the world has revealed some harrowing details about his ongoing mental health battle.

The 31-year old is preparing for a blockbuster rematch against Deontay Wilder on February 23rd (AEDT) and is in the midst of his training camp.

Fury (29-0-1) battled Wilder (42-0-1) back in December 2018 for a split-decision draw, and the pair will go at it again in just over a week for the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

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But 'The Gypsy King' recently took time to sit down with Behind The Glovesfor a tell-all interview in the lead-up to his highly-anticipated fight.

Fury revealed that without the structure and routine of boxing, he doesn't know how he would get through the dark times.

“I look forward to Saturdays. I do a long run in the morning and then I will do something with the kids or whatever I can," he said.

“Then Sunday comes and every Sunday I am absolutely suicidal, every single Sunday whether I am in camp or I am at home.

“It is like the world has ended and I just want to not live anymore...then I go to bed on a Sunday night thinking yeah Monday is tomorrow I can start my stuff again.

“That is the way I live. It is routine that is keeping me alive and keeping me going.

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“If I give up the gym I will be dead within a year, that is for sure.”

Fury is an entertainer, and the 'character' he portrays in the media and in the ring is a stark contrast to the mental demons the man behind it deals with daily.

But despite all this, the Englishman is remaining focused on his upcoming bout and believes this training camp has been 'one of his best yet'.

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“Camp has been very good," he said.

"It has been a very dedicated camp, everyone has been doing exactly what they are supposed to do. No hiccups, no injuries – so far, so good.

“I never don’t have Diet Cokes, but I haven’t done any of that (during this camp). No protein bars, haven’t been going out for meals once a week."

As for the fight itself - Fury is sticking to his prediction of a second-round knockout, and is ready to stick the proverbial flag at the top of the boxing world.

And the jovial Pom laughed off claims from Wilder that he 'doesn't hit hard' and wants to prove he can throw just as hard as the American.

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"The bad thing for Deontay is when I knock him out, and I have 'pillows for fists' - it is going to make his chin like feathers isn't it," he said.

"The thing with Deontay Wilder is, the more time you are in there with him, the more chance he is of landing a knockout blow.

"The quicker the fight is over, the less chance he's got. To bring those odds down, the fight is going to end quickly.

"I am game enough to go toe-to-toe with any mother f***er out there, whether it's Wilder or King Kong himself. Whether he knocks me out or I knock him out, there's going to be one and fair play.

"I want to give myself the best opportunity of winning, and the best opportunity I can give myself is by knocking him out."

Fury vs Wilder will be broadcast live on Main Event, with the PPV portion of the card starting at 1pm AEDT.

For 24/7 crisis support or suicide prevention services, please call 13 11 14. If life is in danger, call 000.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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