Tyson Fury is stateside at the moment as he approaches his second fight of the year, this time with Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin.
The pair will clash in Las Vegas this Saturday with Fury hoping to put in another impressive showing before finally getting his hands on Deontay Wilder again in February.
During his fight week, the Gypsy King managed to stop by L.A. and had the chance to join Mike Tyson on his Hot Boxin’ podcast.
Fury opened up about not feeling fulfilled when he won the world titles back in 2015 from Wladimir Klitschko and he realises he was very ill.
“I suppose I suffered with depression and anxiety my whole life. Since being a little boy to being a man. But, I always had a goal of becoming heavyweight champion of the world and it always brought me back out of the darkness to achieve that goal and nothing else mattered. I had a lot of tragedy go on in my life and a lot of stuff happen, things that could have put me off track of becoming heavyweight champ, but I always sidetracked all of that and concentrated on the job at hand.
“When they said ‘right, you’re going to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko for the heavyweight title’ I was like ‘Hmm. When I win, I’m not going to have a goal anymore’.
“So I almost knew going into the fight that I was going to come down and be a disaster. I was very depressed going into the fight, going into training camps. I knew I was going to beat this guy and I remember saying to my dad and brothers ‘Win, lose or draw, I probably won’t fight again after this’.
“They were like ‘You’ve boxed all your life to get to this position and you’re just going to walk away?’ I was like ‘You know what? I’m not feeling it anymore’. But I look back on it and I was very ill going into that fight. I wasn’t well-minded.”
Fury then recalled how he felt after winning the world titles and it’s stark reading.
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“Goes in there. Beats him. For five minutes I was happy. And then, when I got back to the changing room I thought ‘Is this it?’ I’ve won five world title belts. I’ve beaten the second-longest reigning world heavyweight champion in history – what next? I don’t have a purpose anymore, finished.
“When I got there I thought ‘This is a load of sh*t.’”
Tyson said “I can’t understand that,” and said being the top guy meant everything to him. “I fell in love with that illusion of myself and sh*t. Let it be more about me. Let me have the best girl in the world. Let me have the best seat in the f*cking restaurant, give me the best f*cking car – all so self-absorbed. I couldn’t f*ck enough girls, couldn’t have enough fights,” Tyson said.
The 31-year-old seems to have a renewed purpose now and a whole new mindset that will serve him well in his quest to regain the top spot.
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