Tyson Fury couldn’t say for certain whether his life would spiral again following the Deontay Wilder fight.
The 30-year-old, who battled various well-documented issues in his personal life ahead of last month’s bout in Los Angeles, did remarkably well to even get himself in a position where he was able to fight the American.
Eighteen months prior to the Wilder bout, Fury was drinking 20 pints a night, plus whiskey and vodka. He was also gorging on pizza, kebabs, chocolate and subsequently ballooned to 28 stone.
However, Fury managed to turn things around and shed an astonishing 10 stone, motivated by the thought of becoming heavyweight champion of the world again.
The Wythenshawe-born fighter then produced one of the best performances of his career at the Staples Center and was, in the eyes of many, denied a deserved victory by the judges.
Fury was forced to settle for a draw and is now focused on winning the rematch.
Promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that negotiations between the two camps are ongoing over a return bout in the first part of 2019, while Fury called out Wilder in a typically amusing video this week, telling the American: “I’m ready to fight. Wilder, let’s get the fight made, don’t s*** yourself now mate!”
The 6ft 9in heavyweight is already back in training and new footage of him on the pads with trainer Ben Davison was uploaded to Twitter by BT Sport on Thursday morning.
Despite the fact several weeks have elapsed since the Wilder fight - and we’ve had Christmas since then, of course - Fury looks in tip-top condition.
BT Sport say Fury is looking in the “best shape of his life” and the replies from boxing fans suggest most of them are in complete agreement with that assessment…
Of course, there are a couple of people who thinks he’s looking a little too thin and ‘overtrained’ - but, by and large, most people are very impressed to see him in such great shape.
Judging by the footage, Fury is clearly extremely motivated for the Wilder rematch.
Watch out, Deontay.
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