Tyson Fury’s Battle With Depression, Cocaine Addiction & How He Overcame His Lowest Point In Life

tyson fury's battle with depression

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, was once in a deep depression. This was after he became the unified boxing champion in 2015, after defeating Vladimir Klitschko. We all have dreamt of, at some point in time, getting to the absolute top, be it personally or professionally. But what happens after getting there? That was the place where Tyson Fury found himself in.

But the elite athlete did not give up, and in December 2018, Fury won his second world heavyweight title, after defeating Deontay Wilder. Shortly before that fight, Fury had appeared at an interview with Joe Rogan, talking about the darkest moment of his life.

Tyson Fury’s Battle With Depression After Getting To The Top

In 2015, Tyson Fury became the WBO, IBF, and WBA champion in heavyweight boxing. Speaking to Joe Rogan, Fury said that at that point in time he had everything: kids, family, titles, glory, money, fame – everything. Take a look at the interview here:

But he suddenly came to a realization: all his dreams were accomplished. He did not have any goals left that he could chase after. This caused him to feel empty after the aftermath of the fights. Fury said that he “didn’t want to live anymore”. He had “everything” but this did not mean anything to him. With time, he felt more and more worthless. Not only was it hurting him but everybody around him as well.

Tyson Fury said that he “gave up on life”. The year after that, he went down the path of drug addiction and alcoholism. He kept asking himself every morning the reason why he was waking up, and could not find an answer. At his lowest, Fury said that he drank 18 beers daily. He would even spend all night outside partying. He had lost interest in boxing and living. Fury said he “wanted to die” and have “a good time doing it”.

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He had almost driven his supercar off of a bridge on the day he just could not take it anymore. But then he “heard a voice” warning him to not do it. It warned him that he would be leaving his family and kids without a father. That was Tyson Fury’s turning point. He locked himself inside a room in his home, cried his heart out, and turned to faith. With his father’s help, he received psychiatric treatment, and finally managed to return to boxing.

Now he is once more the heavyweight champion of the world. In fact, he is the second person ever to hold The Ring magazine’s heavyweight title 3 times in their career.  

Overcoming That Phase Was Not Easy For Tyson Fury

A lot of us might be in a similarly dark place to Fury. During the interview, Fury talked about the steps he took to get his life back on track. The first thing he told Joe Rogan was that you have to want to change your life to actually change it. So the first thing he did is set realistic goals – both long and short-term.

For Fury, being active and busy kept him away from mental health issues. He realized that having a lot of free time for thinking usually resulted in him being caught up in such depressing thought patterns. The next thing Fury made sure to do was to change his short-term goals every time he would achieve them. The end result was him standing at the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing once more.

Another helpful activity during Tyson Fury’s battle with depression was being fit. Fury says that being healthy and fit made him feel good as well. The daily training was very beneficial for him.

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On the mental side of things, he made it a point to be content with what he already possessed. Fury said that we’ve “got to be happy with who [we] are”. Lastly, he gave a stern warning against using anything that impacts our life negatively, for example, alcohol and drugs.

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