Tyson Fury appeared on The JRE Podcast last night for one of the most honest and completely incredible interviews we’ve seen from an athlete in some time.
Fury’s descent into drug addiction and depression started when he realised his lifelong dream of becoming heavyweight champion by defeating Wladimir Klitschko.
Like so many who reach such seemingly unattainable goals, Tyson was left with a sense of emptiness in the fight’s direct aftermath.
Speaking to Joe Rogan on the latest episode of his podcast, the lineal heavyweight champion broke down his darkest days in great detail.
“When I was an amateur I used to watch Wladimir Klitschko on TV and he was my target, when I beat him, that was my Everest.
“I tried retiring, but it wasn’t enough. I tried golfing, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4-ing, strip clubs but I had an emptiness inside.
“I had never taken a drug until I was 27; cocaine was the usual one, cocaine and alcohol. I look back on it now and I think, ‘would I change that?’ But I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t change a thing because I knew it had to happen.”
“I hit the drink, I hit the drugs and I was out all night with the women of the night.
“I just wanted to die and I wanted to have fun doing it. But when the drink wears off it just leaves you with a bad hangover and even worse depression.
“When you have a goal in mind from being a child – and you achieve it… I was lost, I didn’t know what to do.”
He then went on to explain his lowest moment, a moment that almost resulted in him taking his own life while out driving.
“I was in it on the highway and at the bottom, I got the car up to 190mph and heading towards a bridge.
“I didn’t care about nothing, I just wanted to die so bad. I gave up on life but as I was heading to the bridge I heard a voice saying, ‘no don’t do this Tyson; think about your kids, your family, your sons and daughter growing up without a dad.’
“Before i turned into the bridge I pulled on to the motorway, I didn’t know what to do, I was shaking, I was so afraid.
“I said I’d never think about taking my own life again.”
Fury was able to overcome his lengthy spell out of competition to shed over 130lbs, returning to action with a pair of wins this year.
The road to recovery for him started as recently as late last year, something that puts his incredible comeback into even greater perspective.
“I was out at Halloween in 2017 dressed as a skeleton but I was 29 and everyone was younger and I thought, ‘is this what I want from my life?’
“No matter how many people told me before that I needed to change my life, I didn’t know it.
“I left early and went home into a dark room, took the skeleton suit off and I prayed to God to help me. I’d never begged to God to help me. I could feel tears running down my chest, I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.
“I almost accepted that being an alcoholic was my fate but after praying for 10 minutes, I got up I felt the weight was lifted off my shoulders. For the first time in my life i thought I was going to be ok.”
Watch Fury explain the turning point in his life and career in the video below as he edges closer towards a heavyweight showdown for the ages with Deontay Wilder later this year.
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