I am by no means the biggest boxing fan there is. But I do have a select few boxers who I always tune into when I know they have a big fight coming up. One of those being Tyson Fury – The Gypsy King.
I always think of him as being the number one entertainer in the run up to his fights. The time when he turned up to a press conference, before his Heavyweight World Title fight against Wladimir Klitschko dressed as Batman, was without doubt one the funniest! He even got someone to dress up as the Joker, and come into the press conference, so he could wrestle him to the ground! He then proceeded to mock his opponent before leading the Joker out of the room in a Super Hero saves the day kinda way.
He re-enters the press conference, suited and booted with a certain swagger about him. He confidently explains how he is going to knock out Klitschko and become the Heavyweight Champion of the world. The rest is history, and he wins the fight.
In the run up to his most recent fight against Deontay Wilder, he opens up about his own personal battle with mental illness. This involved alcohol and substance abuse, over a lengthy period. He piled on the weight, reaching 400 pounds at one point.
In my opinion Fury comes across as a completely different character this time round. There is a more calm and sensitive side to him. I actually thought he came across like a gentle giant. Don’t get me wrong, he still has that confidence about him. Some might even say arrogance. But in my opinion when you say you are going to do something, and then deliver – You have every right to be this way.
Despite going into this complete darkness, he still manages to turn it around and make arguably one of the greatest boxing comebacks of all time! Ok he didn’t officially win the fight (he was robbed – Let’s have it right!), but anyone who knows anything about boxing will know he should have been given the win that night. I am just thankful that I got to witness it.
A lot of what Fury talks about in regards to his mental illness, is very relatable to me. Everything he has openly spoken about, is very close to my heart and my own personal battle with mental illness.
Here are a few quotes, which I found the most moving in a recent interview with BT Sport:
“When I was depressed and in a lonely place, nobody could make me happy, or make me better. I had to do it myself… Me.”
“I’m just happy to be alive. Breathing fresh air. Being healthy. ‘Cos that’s the most important thing really. Being healthy is the most important thing you can be.”
“Just be happy for who you are and what you are. Take each day as a blessing… Because it is!”
Take a moment just to read back over these three quotes. I keep reading them. After all, they have encouraged me to write this post! That alone is a blessing to me.
To say Fury has hit the nail on the head here is an understatement.
He is absolutely right – When you are depressed and in a lonely place – Only you can turn it around and make yourself better. Nobody else can. Ok they can love and support you. But only you, (and you only) can make the changes needed to get well again.
It’s only these during last few months, that I have learned to appreciate the simple things in life, which Fury also describes above. “Being alive. Breathing fresh air. Being healthy.” Someone name anything more important? Certainly no arguments from my side.
I will end this post with Fury’s last quote – “Just be happy for who you are, and what you are. Take each day as a blessing… Because it is!”
This post was a bit different to my usual kind of day to day updates. I’d love to hear your thoughts and any constructive feedback. I apologise if I haven’t got any of the above, word for word. I just worked with what I found on the internet and from watching Youtube interviews/ videos.
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All the best.
Mr F x