Tyson Fury has opened up about his battle with depression and said he “wanted to die so bad” while suffering with the mental illness.
Fury who fights America’s WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1, also talked about his alcoholism and drug addiction in a candid interview.
At the peak of his bad times he was drinking up to 100 pints of beer a week.
The 30-year-old has revealed how his wife told him he was too fat to fight when he decided the time was right to return to boxing.
Tyson discussed how his life spiralled out of control in 2015 after he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf to become WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
Speaking to Showtime , Fury said: “I rang my wife up and said to me wife ‘I’m coming back to boxing!’, to which she replied: ‘No, you’re not. You’re too fat.
“I was 400 pounds and counting.
” I’m stood here today at 259/260lbs.
“In England, we have pints of beer. It’s like a big thing, I used to drink 20 of them like four or five times a week.
“This belly was out here, this back was out here.
“I had wings on me.
“I’m disfigured for life.
“I’ve got stretch marks all over my body.”
But Fury has turned his life around, as is eagerly anticipating his bout with Deontay Wilder next month.
Fury added: “Everything is going well in Big Bear, there aren’t many distractions up there.
“The air is clean, thin, cold, it’s very hard training.
“I’m enjoying every minute and it’s going to prepare me well.
“I have had great sparring, I am getting great work and have other guys coming in next week.
“I am preparing very well.”
Source : BirminghamMail