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Tyson Fury is undoubtedly among the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
On Saturday, the “Gypsy King” took on Deontay Wilder after two years out of the ring. The contest ended in a draw but many fans and boxing professionals alike have expressed shock, stating that Fury should have been granted the win.
In those two years out of the ring the 30-year-old champion was still fighting hard. Depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse plagued the brave fighter and the comeback marked a great chapter in his story of overcoming personal struggles.
In a stirring message to his fans after the fight, Fury explained who he fought for:
The bruised fighter mused on his “iconic comeback”.
“After two-and-a-half years out the ring, ten stone ballooned, mental health problems.
I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back, and it can be done.
Everybody out there who has the same problems I’ve been suffering with, I did that for you guys.”
This wasn’t the only inspiring message from Fury: before the fight he also explained how he’s going to give all of his winnings – an estimated $10 million – to help the plight of the poor and homeless. In his signature grounded style, he said:
“I don’t really have much use for it, I’m not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire. I’m a boxer not a businessman and I’ll probably go down the same route as every other boxer – skint at the end of it all.
You can’t take it with you, so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can’t help themselves.”