Tyson Fury opens up on “day-to-day” struggles of ongoing mental health battle

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Boxing hero Tyson Fury has opened up on his daily struggles amid his ongoing mental health battle.

WBC heavyweight king Fury has been remarkably honest about battle with depression since making his remarkable comeback two years ago.

The Gypsy King struggled with alcoholism and recreational drug use after becoming world champion for the first time after stunning Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015.

After hitting his lowest points and contemplating suicide, he staged an inspirational comeback in 2018 after nearly three years out of the ring and became world champion again against Deontay Wilder earlier this year.

With his boxing momentum stopped in its tracks by coronavirus, he staged regular PE lessons with wife Paris and his kids over social media early in lockdown.

He admits he still faces “low points on a day-to-day basis” but has found coping mechanisms and enjoyed his family time during the pandemic.

Asked whether lockdown was tough on his mental health, he told BT Sport: “Let me answer that question nice and simple for you. Never mind lockdown, there are low points on a day-to-day basis.

“When you are mentally unwell like I am on a daily basis, I have to deal with it and I have a mechanism now to deal with mental health problems, which is training, thinking positive and doing other stuff.

“I have short-term goals and whatever, but there will always be low points.

“Over lockdown, it was almost a blessing for me. I had been away from a long time, mid-November I went away to America for the big fight.

“I put a long time into that fight and I come back to my family and all of a sudden this thing happens, this pandemic.

“Everything that was going to happen, it just stopped. For the boxing, for everyone, the interviews, it all went dead – and it was almost like a blessing to me.

“I didn’t have all that work to do, and I was still training anyway.

“It was terrible, but you have to make a positive out of every negative.”

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