In the depths of the MGM Grand Garden Arena’s dressing room four, Tyson Fury is only days away from defending his WBC heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder. It’s a sight that would have seemed inconceivable only a few years ago, when Fury’s career appeared to be gone after he took a two-year break from the sport due to public problems with addiction and mental illness.
Even if Fury is beaten out of the park on Saturday night and never fights again, his presence in this position is a tribute to an incredible comeback from rock bottom, when he weighed nearly 25 pounds and considered suicide during a 31-month hiatus.
“It was internally, externally and spiritually: a combination of the three,” Fury says of his comeback from the abyss. “To go from the weight I was at, where I was at in my life, being 400lb, couldn’t sleep with the light off, scared to death of everything, anxiety killing me. I’ve come a long, long, long way. My anxiety was terrible. I believe anxiety is one of the worst things that anybody could have. It’s the fear of the unknown. It’s crazy.”
Source : guardian sport