“He’s a very special person … the Tyson Fury that I knew always existed but didn’t respect anyone a few years ago”: Ricky Hatton praises the Gyspy King’s return after mental health and weight problems … him even worse than “Ricky Fatton!”
- Ricky Hatton spoke up about Tyson Fury The Gary Newbon Sport Show
- He expressed his pride in the way Fury has changed his life
- Fury had two years of inactivity due to mental health and weight problems
- Brit completed his comeback with his win over Deontay Wilder in February
British boxing legend Ricky Hatton has praised his friend Tyson Fury and expressed his pride in the way the heavyweight champion has changed his life.
Fury completed one of the biggest comebacks in sports history when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their February rematch after returning to the sport after two years of inactivity due to mental health issues, alcoholism, recreational drug use, and extreme weight gain.
And Hatton, who was in Fury’s corner before his first fights back and had similar problems throughout his career, has nothing but good words to say about the Gypsy King.
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Ricky Hatton spoke about his friend Tyson Fury on The Gary Newbon Sport Show
“We don’t have speed dials as they say, but I’ve known him for years,” he said The Gary Newbon Show.
“You know I saw him when he was going through his bad times, when he was ten pounds overweight. He even beat Ricky Fatton.
“He was going through a really bad traumatic time and he always told me I was making a comeback and I always thought personally: I have no problem with you coming back Tyson. I am more concerned about your health. But don’t mind his health, he’s returned tenfold.
“To do what he did in the ring with the Wilder fights and after all his problems with it. He does his own thing for mental health and things like that. ‘
Hatton (R) said he was proud of his fellow Brit (L) for changing his life
Fury’s life fell into darkness after upsetting Wladimir Klitschko to win heavyweight gold in 2015.
The boxer’s weight soared to over 400 pounds, and he admits he even attempted suicide during his prolonged state of depression.
Hatton can tell after considering suicide as his struggles with booze, drugs and weight got out of hand towards the end of his career.
And he is delighted that people are finally seeing a healthy and happy Fury.
Fury completed one of the major sport comebacks when he defeated Deontay Wilder in February
“I think his reputation wasn’t the best years ago because he couldn’t open his mouth without upsetting anyone,” the 41-year-old continued.
“I think he’s on the right path now and he’s doing what he’s doing, people are now seeing the real Tyson Fury. the Tyson Fury that I knew always existed but didn’t respect anyone a few years ago. Now they see the real man.
“From where he comes from to what he’s done, he’s an inspiration. just to let him work out in my gym and all my budding professionals to look at him from a distance and see how he prepares, how he trains, how he has changed his life. It was really inspiring. He is a very special person, Tyson. It really is, frankly.
“I’m very proud to know Tyson because I’ve seen him on the bad days and seen him come back to where he is. Wilder’s last fight when he was just on such a different level. Where it came from, it was just incredible.
Hatton also commented on Fury’s possible confrontation with fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, saying the fight should just happen.
“I hope with crossed fingers that we get the fight between Tyson and Joshua now because you didn’t know the name of a British heavyweight a few years ago and now we have the two best fighters in the world.
And if that fight doesn’t take place, it will be a tragedy for British boxing.
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