Tyson Fury’s incredible mental health message on anniversary of Klitschko win

Tyson Fury has marked the anniversary of one of his greatest nights by reaching out to people struggling with their mental health.

Six years ago in Germany, Fury stunned Wladimir Klitschko and the boxing world by outclassing the Ukrainian to take his WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles.

The then 39-year-old went in with a record of 64-3 and was unbeaten in 11 years since his defeat by Lamon Brewster in 2004, but it was the Manchester man who ended the night ahead on all three of the judges' scorecards.

The bout ended Klitschko's 10-year reign over the heavyweight division, the second longest in history after Joe Louis.

At the time, few could have envisaged it would be just short of three years before 'The Gypsy King' fought again, as he struggled with severe mental health struggles and battled addictions to cocaine and alcohol.

During that period, Fury was also given a backdated two-year ban by UK Anti-Doping officials for a positive nandrolone test, relating to a fight in early 2015, while through frequent online photos it became apparent he had ballooned in weight.

Indeed, many doubted if the now 33-year-old would ever return to the sport professionally, making his subsequent comeback – and epic trilogy series with Deontay Wilder – yet more remarkable.

On Sunday, Fury took to Twitter to offer support to those going through similar struggles, claiming he himself continued to 'battle' mental health issues on a daily basis.

As well as uploading a short video message, he wrote "6 years ago today I beat Klitschko and became unified heavyweight champion.

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"But soon after I came down with mental health struggles. Nobody is ever safe from mental health. I continue to battle on a daily basis. To anyone struggling, never give up. Keep fighting. God bless you."

The post supplements Fury's 'pinned tweet', a picture of him holding the belts following his win in Dusseldorf, alongside the line "Never judge someone by their exterior look. I looked on top of the world but inside I was dying."

Since his return, Fury has continued to speak openly about his issues, and has said his success should inspire people not to ever give up.

He's currently helping younger brother Tommy, 22, prepare for his December bout with Jake Paul – while Fury's next opponent remains unclear with the WBC yet to confirm a mandatory challenger.

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