Tyson Fury gave an honest and frank interview with Gentleman’s Quarterly Magazine earlier this year. The April edition is available to download now.
In the chat with Henry Mance, Fury discusses all things regarding his mental issues, time out of the ring and amazing comeback in 2018.
The WBN Fighter of the Year, as voted by the fans, gave all of himself in this must-read discussion on what made him the man he is today.
Below are excerpts from the interview, which can be viewed in full by using the link.
“Like I say, from a young age, I always wanted to be heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve been throwing punches since I was in the womb, so it’s very hard to remember,” he tells me (Henry Mance) – but he does know how boxing changed him.
“I was just a young kid – frail, skinny, afraid,” he says. “I suppose boxing gave me that confidence that you see today. Before that I was a shy, quiet kid … I think it’s very important for young kids to get involved in contact sports.”
“I’ll just fight anybody, the local binman, anything. As long as I can keep active and keep busy, it’s not the boxing that drives me. It’s the training.
“When the boxing’s done, I will always continue to train – and that will keep me well, mentally and physically.
“I thought it was the boxing, but I’ve realised it isn’t. It took me a long time to figure that out, 20 years.”
“I don’t have a criminal record. I haven’t done anything to be arrested for.
There were times when I didn’t think I’d ever get back to thinking straight, never mind to competing again. ‘I’m just very happy to be back to normal. Life’s too short for regrets.”
“A lot of these fighters don’t have a personality. It’s just boxing. That’s it. With me, I take a personality into the ring. I have fun in there.”
“Yeah, I think he’s a decent fellow.”