John Fury has said Tyson Fury made the decision to come out of retirement because he felt like his life was ‘falling to pieces without boxing’.
The Gypsy King announced he would be retiring from the sport after knocking out his British rival Dillian Whyte in April. However, Tyson has fluctuated in and out the retirement ever since.
John has now revealed in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail that the Gypsy King came to him and said he felt like his life was ‘crumbling by the second’ after hanging up his gloves.
John Fury has said Tyson Fury made the decision to come out of retirement because he felt like his life was ‘falling to pieces without boxing’ and that he had more to give to the sport
Speaking to Sportsmail, via Freebets.com, John said Tyson decided to return to the ring after ‘smelling the gloves in the gym’ and realising he had more to give to the sport.
John laughed: ‘Tyson has been in and out of retirement since he turned pro. Aged 15, years ago. He will fall out with boxing for a week and then he loves it again.
‘He loves boxing. Tyson has got nothing else without boxing. He loves the game so much. He said to me, ‘I was retired for four weeks and my life has fallen to pieces. I can feel my life crumbling’. He said ‘my life was crumbling by the second’.
Tyson revealed his decision to retire after emphatically stopping Dillian Whyte (left) in April
However, he has been in and out of retirement ever since and is now set to fight in December
‘He said he kept walking into the gym and smelling the gloves. Smelling the sweat and looking through the window thinking I want to get back in the game.
‘He said he realised he was not done yet and not by a long chalk. So I said to him, ‘Son if you feel like that, keep going until you don’t feel like it anymore’.
John is adamant that Tyson is in the greatest shape of his life and that fans at witnessing the best version of the Gypsy King.
Tyson took to social media after the fight with Whyte to thank everyone that helped him
Tyson’s father finds it hard to believe there is anyone out there than can challenge his son as the 34-year-old has ‘cleaned up all over the board’.
John said: ‘At the minute, you’ve got the best Tyson. He’s in the pump of his life. I think he just wanted to capitalise on how he feels. He trains hard, twice a day still. I do think at this moment in time, Tyson Fury is unbeatable.
‘I’m not just saying it because he is my son, but he has given me the right to sit here and big him up. He’s won everything. He’s won every professional title there is to win.
‘He’s cleaned up all over the board. You will be seeing a lot more of Tyson. Everyone is expecting to see this man come out of the woodwork and actually give him a good fight but I ain’t seen him yet.’
John is proud of his son’s career – claiming he has ‘cleaned up all over the heavyweight board’
Tyson has dealt with issues outside of the ring before. He previously took some time away from the sport and spiralled out of control.
Tyson became the king of the heavyweight division when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015. However, he was forced to surrender his belts amid problems in his private life.
Tyson stepped away from boxing for more than two years to deal with issues surrounding his mental health. He also fought to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction.
During his time away from the ring, Tyson ballooned up to 28st. However, he shed the excess weight and returned to boxing to fight Deontay Wilder for the world heavyweight title.
Tyson successfully overcame the American and become a two-time heavyweight champion following their fight in Los Angeles. The Gypsy King’s return to the ring has been considered as one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
Tyson’s life spiralled out of control after he beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the world title
The heavyweight ballooned up to 28st during more than two-and-a-half years out of the ring
Tyson opened up about that time of his life during an interview with Breakfast club in 2018. He said: ‘I needed some time off, I’d been boxing from boxing since 10, 11 years old up to 27 with no breaks. So I needed time to live a little and enjoy myself but it just went too far.
‘Anxiety started to come heavily, I always suffered with depression, when I was on top of the world I became more and more and more depressed until it was like suicidal thoughts and stuff like that.
‘I had everything – money, fame glory, good looks. I had it all, everything a man would ever want but yet it didn’t mean anything, I wanted to die on a daily basis.
Tyson (right) shed the excess weight and returned to boxing to fight Deontay Wilder (left)
Tyson has had two comeback victories, against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta (right)
‘Material goods are only good for when things are going right in your life… you can have everything in the world and feel like s*** on a daily basis because no one can see inside the mind.
A therapist helped Tyson ‘get his life back on track’, while six months of gruelling training, dieting and ‘plenty of sex’ helped him lose the weight.
Recalling his experience during that two year period, Tyson said he wouldn’t wish it on his ‘worst enemy’. The Gypsy King said: ‘I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, mental health has to be the biggest enemy I’ve ever, ever, ever fought with. More than any opponent.
Tyson has used his high profile to try and spread awareness of mental health problems
‘I really don’t know what had me depressed but I knew I was just spiralling out of control. The only thing I could think of to make it better and go away for a bit was getting drunk and that just led to problems after problems after problems.
The heavyweight’s problems put strain on his wife, Paris, and their young children, with Tyson claiming he would disappear for days on end.
‘Can you imagine being married to jack the lad, the heavyweight champion onf the world, the person everybody is talking about and then it all goes wrong,’ he said.
‘He hits the drink, he’s out every night until five in the morning, sometimes didn’t come home fro three days — I’d go to the shop and end up in New York… from Morecambe… I was way out of control.’
However, Tyson feels he has regain control of his life and he is looking forward to fighting on December 3 in a potential Battle of Britain clash with Anthony Joshua.