Brutal honesty from his wife was the catalyst for Tyson Fury's comeback

When you are a professional sportsperson, you are bound to get a fair share of advice.

Some of it you will take on board and use to your advantage, while other pieces you will completely disregard and never want to hear of it again.

However, when it comes from a loved one, you know while it can be brutal, it is completely from the heart and with your best interests in mind.

Such was the case with Tyson Fury.

The colourful boxer reached the pinnacle of sport when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, but a few months later his world crashed down around him when he failed a drug test after registering a positive reading for an illegal substance.

He subsequently handed back his world title belts and went into a spiral of woe which saw the heavyweight suffer from depression, and lose all his conditioning through weight gain.

After having a period of time to reflect and get himself into a mentally fit state, Fury decided that he wanted to return to the sport that he made his name in.

However, it was greeted by a deal of skepticism, even by his own wife.

The Mirror reports Fury recalling the moment he told his loved one he was going to make a return to the sport.

“I rang my wife up and said to me wife I’m coming back to boxing, to which she replied: ‘No, you’re not. You’re too fat’.”

Fury described the shape he was at the time, and to be fair, his wife was only speaking the truth.

“I was 400 pounds and counting.

“I used to drink 20 pints of beer like four or five times a week.

“This belly was out here, this back was out here. I had wings on me. I’m disfigured for life. I’ve got stretch marks all over my body.

“Now I’m stood here today at 259/260lbs.

After a couple of scratchy performances in his first two fights back against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, Fury faces up to one of the toughest challenges in the sport against Deontay Wilder (40-0/39 by KO) in Los Angeles on the first of December.

However, Fury is more than content with his preparation in his training camp in California.

“Everything is going well in Big Bear, there aren’t many distractions up there. The air is clean, thin, cold, it’s very hard training. I’m enjoying every minute and it’s going to prepare me well.

“I have had great sparring, I am getting great work and have other guys coming in next week. I am preparing very well.”

The fight fans all over the globe will be waiting with baited breath to see if Fury can measure up to one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today.

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