Tyson Fury has offered words of both praise and support to MMA’s Conor McGregor upon being asked about the Irishman’s recent issues outside of the octagon by ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani.
Fury’s last outing inside the ring is one that no doubt looks even better now since his opponent Deontay Wilder’s absolute demolition job on Dominic Breazeale last weekend.
The result of the fight between these two heavyweight giants still remains the focus of much debate and controversy but now, after Wilder’s win and Fury’s upcoming showdown with Tom Schwarz, the boxing community are slowly beginning to process of moving on.
One would have to assume that a sequel to the December classic will be on the cards before too long.
The greatest battle Tyson was forced to fight in the last few years, however, was one fought outside of the boxing ring – after a well-documented fall into physical and mental health problems and substance abuse issues plagued his career after his title-winning performance against Wladimir Klitschko.
Against all odds, he was able to rebound in incredible fashion to eventually take on the WBC champ and in many people’s eyes, did enough to win the bout outright.
With that, he established himself as a true icon within the sport and as an example of how perseverance can see you through even the most difficult of times.
Speaking to ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of his MMA chatshow, Fury commented on the current situation surrounding Conor McGregor, who these days has been in the papers a lot more for the trouble he finds himself outside of competition than the glory he finds within it.
“I think Conor has transcended the game of MMA. He’s set precedent. He set the game on fire. He’s definitely a game-changer in MMA. He crossed over, fought Mayweather, he’s become a massive superstar. He’s done very very well, he should be very proud of himself.
“Everybody has troubles in life and it’s not what troubles we have, but it’s how we overcome these troubles and how we learn from them.” (via BJPenn)
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena