Tyson Fury's Remarkable Comeback Story: From 27 Stone To No.1 Heavyweight In World Boxing
Tyson Fury's life has been filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He's reached boxing's pinnacle while suffering a dramatic fall from grace.
Fury's comeback story is like none other. After beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, he was seemingly at the top of the world. But he spiraled into depression with his well-documented mental health issues. He was on the verge of suicide until a voice in his head prevented him from driving off a bridge.
Fury has since shed an enormous amount of weight and got himself back into contention, and more.
To mark his 31st birthday, we've charted his shocking demise and incredible rise. From THAT night in Germany, to ballooning up in weight while battling with mental demons, to making a sensational return to the sport, to becoming the No.1 heavyweight in world boxing.
There's a new king of the heavyweight division.
To this day, his career highlight. Fury did the unthinkable and stunned the boxing world by famously dethroning Klitschko to become the new king deep in enemy territory - thus ending the champion's historic reign.
Fury outboxed Klitschko to collect the WBA (super), IBF, WBO and The Ring heavyweight world titles in one of the greatest nights in British boxing history.
He reached his 'Everest' by becoming world champion but, unfortunately, his spell at the top was short lived.
Depression, drugs and mental health.
The cancellation of the planned rematch with Klitschko led to a string of tragic circumstances. Fury relinquished the titles after testing positive for cocaine and ballooned up in weight to 400lbs.
Matters got worse when he struggled with serious mental health problems. He spent two-and-a-half years away from boxing battling depression and substance abuse.
He contemplated suicide before he turned his life around.
Return of the Mack.
Fury lost an extreme 10 stones in preparation for his anticipated ring return.
The comeback fight was billed as the 'Return of the Mack', and he used the very song for his entrance music when he faced Sefer Seferi in his hometown of Manchester.
Fans flocked to see Fury who was making his first appearance in the ring for 32-months. He beat Seferi before rattling off another victory against Francesco Pianeta to earn a shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
No.1 heavyweight in world boxing.
Fury's bid for redemption came full circle in Los Angeles as he won the hearts of fans around the world following his gutsy showing against Wilder.
He controversially drew with the American in a fight many felt he won despite hitting the canvas in the final round.
Fury's 12th round comeback was emblematic of the remarkable comeback in his own life. He produced a physical representation of his recovery that nearly took his life.
Despite failing to claim the iconic green and gold belt, Fury is ranked the best boxer in the heavyweight division according to coveted publication Ring Magazine.