‘I feared for his life’ – Billy Joe Saunders talks Tyson Fury’s remarkable recovery from drink and drugs depression

Billy Joe Saunders has told talkSPORT he feared for Tyson Fury’s life when he was at the depths of his depression.

The returning heavyweight is set for his second comeback fight against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast this weekend, and, if he wins, he will likely challenge Deontay Wilder for the WBC world title.

Tyson Fury didn’t impress in his first bout back against Sefer Seferi

Tyson Fury didn’t impress in his first bout back against Sefer Seferi

However, Saunders told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast he is surprised his friend made it this far, and at times questioned whether the ‘Gypsy King’ would even survive his well-documented ordeal.

“He’s a good family man and I think that all these training camps, all the pressure of these fights, contracts and obligations. You know, it all catches up,” the WBO middleweight champion explained.

“For some people it all catches up to them at once. I think that’s what happened to Tyson.

“The path he went down with the drug binges and the drink and the depression… To be honest with you, you know Tyson’s my best mate and I feared for his life, I really did.”

Saunders’ next fight will be on away soil in Boston, USA

Saunders’ next fight will be on away soil in Boston, USA

The 28-year-old, who makes his next middleweight title defence on October 20 against unbeaten American slickster Demetrius Andrade, continued by addressing abuse Fury received online.

“When people were giving him stick… Listen, I’m the worst for getting on social media and giving people a bit of stick, but I don’t mind it and I can take it back.

“At that time he was under deep depression, I mean severe depression.

At his worst, Fury ballooned up to weigh over 27 stone

At his worst, Fury ballooned up to weigh over 27 stone

“He was talking about being back as the king of the jungle one minute and then he was talking about committing suicide the next.

“I’d love for him to write a book how I’ve seen it, to let the public know how he was and what he’s come back to do, just to get in the ring alone

“With Tyson, the most happy he is, is in the boxing ring.”

Fury appeared in Saunders’ corner while keeping away from the ring himself in 2016

Fury appeared in Saunders’ corner while keeping away from the ring himself in 2016

Regarding the proposed Wilder bout, Saunders gave his seal of approval and insisted that Fury would be able to beat the American to become champion once again.

He divulged that Fury’s cerebral state is the defining factor as to whether he will be able to claim the WBC belt.

“With Tyson it’s a mental thing more than anything else. If he gets in his head that he’s gonna box Wilder, there’s not anybody [who’s] gonna stop him thinking that.

“He’s taking that fight for a reason. He wants to get back at the top as fast as he can. If that’s the fastest route, then I support him all the way.

“I believe that when Tyson has to pick it up ten notches, he’ll pick it up ten.”

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