Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has revealed he suffers from manic depression and suicidal tendencies, and that one of the few places where he can find some inner peace is in the ring.
In an extraordinary interview published by English newspaper, The Observer, on Sunday, the undefeated British and Commonwealth titleholder, just 23, spoke of his mental-health battle.
“There is a name for what I have. Where, one minute I’m happy, and the next minute I’m sad, like commit-suicide sad. And for no reason – nothing’s changed. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m messed up, ” said Fury (16-0, 11 knockouts), who this Saturday, in home city Manchester, defends his Commonwealth crown against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic (16-0, 5 KOs).
However, whatever the problems away from the ring, at least being a winner inside it provides much-needed respite for the 6-feet 9 powerhouse.
“I love boxing. It’s not a horrible thing to me. I can’t wait for the moment I step into the ring. I feel calm then,” Fury said.