'The toughest battle I’ve ever had is mental health' - Tyson Fury Names ‘The Only Man’ Who Can Beat Him
Tyson Fury, an undefeated two-time world champion, is widely regarded as one fight away from solidifying his position as the best of his generation. Throughout his 34-fight career, Fury has delivered memorable moments in the heavyweight division, transitioning from a highly skilled mover to a formidable puncher with a strategic approach.
After a contentious draw with Deontay Wilder, Fury has secured six consecutive victories, with five of them coming by knockout. It’s no surprise that Fury, who believes he has conquered boxing, doesn’t see any external rival capable of ending his reign. However, he acknowledges one internal challenge that he has faced before – his own battle with mental health.
Fury shared his perspective on the Out Of Interest podcast, emphasizing that his most formidable opponent is himself, particularly in terms of his mental well-being. He candidly stated that the toughest battle he has ever faced is against his own mental health struggles, acknowledging that it’s a lifelong challenge.
“Toughest opponent is my own self. Every single time. The only person that can beat Tyson Fury, is him himself. Mentally. The toughest battle I’ve ever had is mental health. You never, ever defeat it. You can never win against it. Ever.”
Fury’s past struggles with depression and addiction, following his victory over long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko, are well-documented. He openly discussed experiencing suicidal thoughts during that dark period. After nearly three years away from the ring, Fury made a successful comeback, eventually defeating the hard-hitting American, Deontay Wilder.
More recently, a Netflix series offered fans a glimpse into Fury’s life, highlighting his battle with bipolar disorder, as recognized by his family. On the podcast, Fury also shared his strategies for coping with mental health challenges.
He emphasized the importance of setting small short-term goals, maintaining a structured daily routine, prioritizing fitness and health, and taking life one day at a time. Additionally, he stressed the significance of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
“My top tips for battling mental health is this. Small short term goals, a structured routined lifestyle, fitness and health, working out and stuff, and just living one day at a time. Eating well, drinking well, and that’s about it really.”
Fury’s immediate goal is to face MMA star Francis Ngannou in a boxing match on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.