A lot can happen in twelve months. Especially if you are Tyson Fury.
In 2017, Fury was pictured posing alongside Ricky Hatton looking vastly overweight with many questioning his return to the sport.
A year on, the ‘Gypsy King’ has shed over 150lbs, had two comeback fights and is now preparing to take on WBC king Deontay Wilder next month.
It has been well documented about the demons Fury has fought and overcome. The Brit opened up on the moment he finally addressed those issues before returning to the ring in June.
“I hit the drugs and I was out with women of the night, not coming home. I didn’t care about boxing or living, I just wanted to die,” explained Fury.
“But I was going to have a good time doing it.
“I was making everyone’s life a misery, no-one could talk any sense into me at all,” he added.
“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 and I could feel tears running down my face.
“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. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.”
Fury now has the chance to add the WBC green strap to his mantelpiece against Wilder. The only title to elude him since becoming a pro in 2008.
The heavyweight titans meet at the Staples Centre on December 1.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95