‘We had Tyson on sui­cide watch’


Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by PA­TRICK HILL sun­[email protected]­lystar.co.uk

TYSON Fury’s wife to­day tells how she helped save the boxer from the brink of sui­cide.

The fighter amazed fans by get­ting up off the can­vas twice dur­ing his world ti­tle fight with De­on­tay Wilder last week­end.

But it was no sur­prise for Paris Fury, as she had seen first hand how Tyson bat­tled back from a far darker place – sui­cide watch.

At his low­est ebb the hulk­ing 6ft

9in heavy­weight, 30, came close to try­ing to end his life by crash­ing his Fer­rari.

The pair, in­set, have four chil­dren – and a fifth on the way.

In a brave in­ter­view, Paris,

28, said: “We ba­si­cally had him on su­ci­die watch.

“Ev­ery­thing was, ‘What’s the point?’.

“And then he started go­ing out drink­ing more and he was never happy.

“He was in se­vere de­pres­sion. He didn’t see the point in liv­ing.”

De­spite his heroic per­for­mance in LA, Fury was not de­clared the win­ner of last week­end’s match as it ended in a draw.

But his mood is far bet­ter than in Novem­ber 2015 when he fa­mously beat Ukrainian heavy­weight king Wladimir Kl­itschko, 42, which trig­gered his down­ward spi­ral.

Paris said: “Af­ter he won the Kl­itschko fight to be­come world cham­pion, Tyson was al­most in­stantly de­pressed. It was like he was fin­ished. He had com­pleted box­ing and it was over.” Fury’s ill­ness got worse and his weight rose to 28 stone. He also started to use Class A drugs. Paris said: “I had no idea about the drugs. I knew he was drunk when he came home but I didn’t know about the other stuff.” As their re­la­tion­ship be­came more strained Paris, a trav­eller from Don­caster, south Yorks, con­sid­ered walk­ing out of the fam­ily home in More­cambe, Lancs. The turn­ing point came when Fury nearly ended his life by de­lib­er­ately crash­ing his Fer­rari in Oc­to­ber of last year.

She said: “He came home all teared up and told me he had been out in his Fer­rari and he was se­ri­ously go­ing to ram the car off the road.” Af­ter his close call, Fury, known as the “Gypsy King” started train­ing again and he sought the help of coun­sel­lors.

Paris hid the news that she had suf­fered a mis­car­riage from her hus­band until af­ter his Au­gust come­back.

She proudly said of her man: “He’s de­fied the odds yet again. I al­ways knew he’d get back to the top of the game.

“I’ve got my hus­band back now.”

■ ROUGH RIDE: Paris helped Fury, in­set, back to top

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