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28th Apr 2017

Tyson Fury admits he’d lost the will to live in emotional statement on comeback

"Waking up in the morning sad that I didn't pass away in the night"

Darragh Murphy

Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that it was a shame to see Tyson Fury spiral into the depression that knocked him from the top of the fight game.

Having reached the absolute pinnacle of his sport by upsetting Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015, Fury quickly found himself in the depths of the darkest period of his life.

Fury tested positive for cocaine in a drugs test before he admitted that he was struggling to cope with a series of mental health problems.

In recent weeks, the undefeated Brit has revealed that he’s returned to training as he aims to shed the weight he gained in his time away from the ring and return to the top of the heavyweight division.

Fury has found himself in the headlines again this week, with his comments on this weekend’s Wembley showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko being picked up by several outlets.

It’s not known whether Fury will be in attendance on Saturday night but, on Friday, he released an emotional statement in which he apologised to those affected by his behaviour in the past 18 months.

“I have had the height of success in my life and the lowest of lows to the point of not wanting to live,” Fury wrote on Twitter.

“Waking up in the morning sad that I didn’t pass away in the night, I hit the drink and drugs trying to find a way out but it didn’t help.

“I ballooned in weight, was sad every day for almost two years.

“But with the help of God, I have made a massive turnaround and am back training on a mission to put the record straight.

“I want to make my family, friends and fans proud again. I’m sorry I let everyone down. It will never happen again!

“If I can change and beat my demons, so can you. I’m living proof anyone can come through the worst times in our lives, no matter what we must battle through and all help and love each other.

“I’m here to help others like they helped me. All the best, your champ.”