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Tyson Fury last Sunday displayed more than his boxing prowess in defeating Deontay Wilder. Prior to their first encounter, the English Boxer was beyond overweight. Added to the mass of fat was the depression he felt. Having retired from boxing in its pinnacle of heights with the WBC belt being the only heavyweight championship belt that had alluded him at the time.

With his retirement came the end of his reign and the “Gypsy King” just 28 years old had with no losses, was quickly forgotten by the fickle minds and media. The boxing market share of sound bite was instead being monopolised by his countrymen, Anthony Joshua.  And then came another gladiator from across the Atlantic, a ferocious fighter with a snipping right hand, Deontay Wilder.

With rumours of Anthony Joshua dodging worthy opponents and the WBC champion Deontay Wilder. The depressed Gypsy King, then already in training to regain his throne, stepped up and a fight against Deontay Wilder was in the works.

We know the rest of the story, but what is only superficially analysed and read about is the dark spot Fury was in, it shows his mental strength to pull himself out. And be courageous to tell the world but not for sympathy or to be a victim, no. Like a herculean hero telling his own story of the trials he had to go through, not so he can be sung about. But because his goal and aim were and is to uplift those that may find themselves in the same dark spot.

To credit his incredible mental force, was how going on to the second fight, Fury was still written off. He made the statement of knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 2nd round (it was done in the 4th Round) regardless, this seemed to be an impossible feat. Yet it was done as Deontay got up from the canvas with a bleeding left ear. The last time a boxing great was written off and shook the world, displaying his mental strength, was with the likes of Muhammad Ali. And in Tyson Fury we see a similar display of mental fortitude.



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