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Never count Tyson Fury out.
The Gypsy King's remarkable comeback story from the depths of depression to boxing superstardom is pretty well documented.
But interestingly, one of his main motivating factors during his road to recovery which began four years ago also happens to be the same bloke that was standing opposite him in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Back in 2017, when the chips were stacked against him, Fury had plenty of people doubting whether he'd ever step foot inside a ring again - Deontay Wilder being one of them.
The Bronze Bomber's disregard of Fury's sheer resilience and drive clearly lit a fire deep inside Brit, who upon hearing what the American had to say instantly started getting back into shape.
Tyson Fury sent this message to Deontay Wilder back in 2017...- The Fight Bubble (@thefightbubble) October 10, 2021
350lbs, struggling with his mental health, and written off by nearly everyone in the boxing world!
What a journey it's been for The Gypsy King!#FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/CrQbr267dw
In a video message to his harshest critic Wilder back in 2017, Fury said: "Guess who's back? The one and only.
"Shout going out to the big 'Bronze Bomber' Deontay Wilder. Big respect, for giving me the motivation, telling me I can't do it and that I'm finished.
"I'm coming back for you baby. I'm coming back for you!"
Now, four years later, and Fury has completed the perfect redemption story by knocking out his doubter to bring an end to their heated rivalry.
In the grand scheme of things, Fury's four-year turnaround will have to go down as one of the biggest comebacks in sports history.
Back in 2017, he was forced to vacate his world titles which saw him spiral out of control with alcoholism and mental health battles.
The fan favourite heavyweight was at such a low point that he even considered taking his own life, something he has spoken openly about.
Fury admits he weighed upwards of 400 pounds at the time too.
Since then, though, his journey from rock bottom to the very top has seen him get fit again, recapture his belts, keep his unbeaten record in tact, captivate the boxing world and quickly emerge as one of the most likeable and charismatic athletes on the planet.
Yet to be beaten in his 32 fights as a professional, Fury now looks set to take on Dillian Whyte next.
There's also still talks of a colossal clash with Anthony Joshua at some point down the line, but only if the former champion can get past Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch.
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