Den obesegrade proffsboxaren Tyson Fury deltog nyligen i en intervju med UFC-kommentatorn Joe Rogan under podcasten ‘Joe Rogan Experience’, där han berättade sin häpnadsväckande historia om tiden då han nått botten och försökte avsluta sitt liv.
I början av 2015 var Fury på toppen i boxningsvärlden, då han tagit hem titlar i WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO och besegrat den långtida mästaren Wladimir Klitschko. När hans dröm om att bli världsmästaren i tungvikt gått i uppfyllelse, hamnade han sedan i nedåtgående spiral där drabbades av depression och började använda droger.
Det här berättade Fury.
When I was an amateur, I used to watch Wladimir Klitschko on TV and he was my target. So when I beat him, that was my Everest. I tried retiring, but it wasn’t enough. I tried golfing, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4-ing, strip clubs but I just had an emptiness inside.
I had never taken a drug until I was 27; cocaine was the usual one, cocaine and alcohol. I look back on it now and I think, ‘would I change that?’ But I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t change a thing because I knew it had to happen.
I hit the drink, I hit the drugs and I was out all night with the women of the night. I just wanted to die and I wanted to have fun doing it. But when the drink wears off it just leaves you with a bad hangover and even worse depression.
When you have a goal in mind from being a child – and you achieve it… I was lost, I didn’t know what to do.
Det var då som Fury i sin bil övervägde att ta sitt liv.
I was in it on the highway and at the bottom, I got the car up to 190mph and heading towards a bridge. I didn’t care about nothing, I just wanted to die so bad. I gave up on life but as I was heading to the bridge I heard a voice saying, ‘no don’t do this Tyson; think about your kids, your family, your sons and daughter growing up without a dad.’ Before I turned into the bridge I pulled on to the motorway, I didn’t know what to do, I was shaking, I was so afraid. I said I’d never think about taking my own life again.
Fury återvänder till boxningsringen den 1 december, då han möter Deontay Wilder om tungviktsbältet i WBC.
Vad tycker ni om Furys brutalt ärliga berättelse?