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Tyson Fury’s Comeback Journey From Mental Health Battle And Attempted Suicide Is Now Complete

Tyson Fury’s Comeback Journey From Mental Health Battle And Attempted Suicide Is Now Complete

Tyson Fury completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history after recovering from a harrowing suicide attempt to become world champion again.

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But Fury never had the chance to defend his world titles as he sank into a dark battle with mental health and substance and alcohol abuse.

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The 'Gypsy King' ballooned up to an astonishing 28st and a comeback to boxing seemed so bleak at the time.

Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience in 2018, Fury poured his heart out and shockingly recalled the moment where he tried to commit suicide while driving his Ferrari.

"I would get very, very low at times and start thinking these crazy thoughts. I bought a brand-new Ferrari convertible in the summer of 2016," he said.

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"I was in it on the highway and at the bottom, I got the car up to 190mph and heading towards a bridge.

"I didn't care about nothing: I just wanted to die so bad. I gave up on life, but as I was heading to the bridge, I heard a voice saying, 'No, don't do this, Tyson; think about your kids, your family, your sons and daughter growing up without a dad.'

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"Before I turned into the bridge, I pulled on to the motorway. I didn't know what to do: I was shaking, I was so afraid.

"I said I'd never think about taking my own life again."

Fury's return to boxing has been nothing short of an incredible story, climbing himself out of his darkest moments to rule atop of the heavyweight boxing world once more.

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The former unified champ started his comeback trail in 2018 with straightforward victories over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.

However, Fury's real focus was on then-WBC champion Deontay Wilder and a shot at the one title that had alluded him in his career at the time.

The 'Gypsy King' shed stone after stone to meet Wilder inside the squared circle for their blockbuster bout in December 2018.

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Fury boxed beautifully and even stunned the whole world when he climbed off the canvas in the 12th round after a brutal knockdown from Wilder.

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The Brit was awarded a controversial draw for the fight, which left many fans outraged after Fury dominated the majority of the bout.

Fury brushed aside the draw for the time being and went on to pick up wins over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin en route to a rematch with Wilder.

The heavyweight star dominated Wilder throughout the fight and put on a boxing clinic as he floored the 'Bronze Bomber' twice.

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Just like that, Fury stripped Wilder of the WBC championship and also claimed his second Ring title.

Fury's three-year comeback journey is a shining light for many who have endured their struggles with mental health and suicide.

And there's no doubting that Fury's story will remain a shining light for many people on an important day like World Suicide Prevention Day.


Don't suffer in silence. It's okay not to be okay, and it's also okay to reach out for help when dealing with mental health.

Find support at the following organisations below.

CALM: 0800 58 58 58 (in London: 0808 802 5858); Mind: 0300 123 3393; Papyrus: 0800 068 41 41; Samaritans: 116 123.


Featured Image Credit: Tyson Fury/PA

Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Gypsy King

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