Tyson Fury Opens Up About Dark Thoughts
During the build-up of the first Wilder v Fury bout, one of the biggest talking points was Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) overcoming his depression. Following his monumental win over Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was flagged for steroid use. Afterward, he would become stagnant in the sport, gain a great deal of weight and succumb to reckless drug use.
THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR HAPPINESS
The spicy gumbo of detrimental activities lead the UK boxer down a very dark road. While traveling on that dark route, Fury was not sure if he would rebound and suffered from number of self-deprecating impulses. Thankfully for his family, fans, and own good the Gypsy King was able to right his course and recover from those gloomy days.
Well, as it turns out, Fury has not completely overcome his potentially deadly mindset. In an exclusive interview, with Behind the Gloves, the Gypsy King revealed the fact that still to this day, once a week he is consumed with suicidal thoughts.
Fury has been heard to say countless times that his physical regimen and abundance of activities is what keeps him sane. So it should come as little surprise that his one down day a week is the one most bedeviling to him.
“If I told you me life, I could tell you it seven days a week right now. So Monday, I get up in the morning take the kids to school, go straight to the gym, come out the gym, take the car and get it valeted. Come out of there and go for lunch, come back, go home and sort out a few jobs, pay a few bills then it’d be time to pick the kids up from school again.
Pick the kids up from school, go home have some tea, ready for the boys to come around for a run. Go for a run, come back, have a shower, get me nightgown on and go to bed…[then] same again, that’s all I do, I don’t anything.
…then Sunday comes. Every Sunday I’m absolutely suicidal, every single Sunday. Whether I am in camp or at home, it’s just like the world’s ended and I just want to not live anymore. That’s Sunday, and then I go to bed on a Sunday night thinking, ‘yep, Monday’s tomorrow, I can start me stuff again’. Back to the gym, back to the coffee shop back to the lunch, back to the kids, that’s the way I live. And its routine that’s keeping me alive and keeping me going. If I give up the gym, I’ll be dead within a year, that’s for sure!”
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT
While it may seem rather bleak that someone like Fury is still struggling with such nasty thoughts, he realizes he is not unique. One of the reasons that he remains so vocal about his own trials is to help others going through the same or similar pain. Yet, at the end of the day, the Gypsy King maintains a solid game plan and positive outlook.
“Tough and it’s a continuing battle we all have to walk down on a daily basis, but you’ll be okay [with] routine.”
By: Bakari Simpson