Tyson Fury admits he ‘didn’t want to be alive’ during mental health struggles

Tyson Fury has admitted he "didn't want to be alive" during the height of his mental health struggles as he reflected on his route back to the pinnacle of boxing.

The 31-year-old has overcome a well-publicised battle with depression and addictions that saw his weight balloon to over 28 stone and on the brink of suicide.

After a near death experience where he almost drive his car into a bridge at high speed, Fury turned his life around before making a miraculous return to the ring.

Since then the Gypsy King has restored himself as the no.1 heavyweight in the world after beating previously unbeaten former champion Deontay Wilder to win the WBC title.

Posting on Instagram on Saturday, Fury said: "Massive shoutout to my team every single member you know who you are.

"There was a time not so long ago where I was so unwell the only thing I could think of was death and how I didn’t want to be alive, just over 2.2 years later I’m loving life and healthy as a trout, & have reached the pinnacle of sport again.

"This shows you no matter how bad things get you must continue as things will get better I promise you, you can get your life back. Seek help immediately."

Fury has become an ambassador for mental health and admitted he feels it is his duty to help those battling similar problems which affected his life.

Inside the ring he continues to inspire, and is lined up for a trilogy bout with the aforementioned Wilder later this year.

The fight has been pencilled in for some time in December after original July dates were scuppered due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However Fury's US promoter Bob Arum has suggested the contest could be pushed back further to February – a year on from the last meeting between the pair.

But rival promoter Eddie Hearn has said the fight "must happen" this year or mandatory Dillian Whyte should be allowed to step in to fight Fury instead of Wilder.

There is also the small matter of a hotly-anticipated match-up with Anthony Joshua at some point in 2021, meaning Fury is set for a busy year ahead.

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