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Tyson Fury has revealed how little interest he had in fighting when he was in the build up to his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko by admitting that he wanted to get knocked out in sparring during training.
On December 1st Tyson Fury will fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC world title, and with the lineal title also on the line. Fury has changed a lot since the last time he was supposed to be in a world title fight.
In November 2015 Fury shocked the world by beating Wladimir Klitschko to become the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion. The pair were supposed to have a rematch in 2016 but after a postponement it was cancelled.
The undefeated Brit had problems with a drugs ban but the main reason that fight never happened was because of Fury's mental health issues.
The 30 year old was away from the ring for nearly three years but is now back in shape and back in the right mind frame but he revealed in an interview on the Fighting Spirit Podcast how bad things were in 2016, admitting that he'd wanted to be knocked out in sparring for the Klitschko rematch:
"Peter [Fury, his uncle and former trainer] knew I was struggling and he knew what I was going through. He decided that we were going to go to Holland and train because we'd had a good time there.
"I was there and I felt so down on a daily basis. There wasn't one day that went past where I didn't go to bed at night saying, 'I'm gonna go home in the morning, this isn't for me anymore.'
"Peter could see in my eyes that I didn't have it anymore. I just didn't want to be there. In the sparring I would stand there and have big heavyweights tee off on me and not defend myself.
"We had Robert Helenius over and he can testify to this, I was just standing there and letting Robert hit me bang in the face with right hands.
"I'd be head-butting the ring corners and stuff. I wanted him to knock me out. I wanted to be knocked out on the floor.
"No matter how much money was on the table I just couldn't motivate myself anymore."
The Gypsy King will once again enter a world title fight as the underdog, especially as he again fights in the champions home country, but more and more people are starting to believe he can once again be the champ.
Having battled his own demons there's a good chance that the Bronze Bomber will be relatively easy to beat.