'An inspiration for all fat people': Tyson Fury praises Andy Ruiz Jr.

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 6/6/2019, 8:58 a.m.

"All the people that he fights are scared so I didn't want to show no angry or no respect. I just wanted to go in there and let my hands go and make it a real fight."

Ruiz is now keen for the rematch to be held in his native country, which has never seen a heavyweight clash of this magnitude.

"I want all my Mexican people with me," he said.

Mental health struggles

Fury knows what it means to be the underdog after staging one of the most unlikely comebacks in sport -- returning from severe mental health issues and drug abuse to once again be a contender in the heavyweight division.

"Eighteen months ago, I didn't ever envision that I'd be back at this position, on the verge of suicide not wanting to live anymore," said the British boxer.

"I think when you give up the ambition to live you're in a bit of a dark place I'd say."

Due to his two-year absence from the sport, the 30-year-old Fury faced issues with his weight. He weighed 276 pounds in his first comeback fight in 2018, where he easily beat Albanian boxer Sefer Seferi, but dedicated himself to an intense training regime to get back in proper fighting shape.

Fury is now using his comeback to spread awareness of dealing with mental health problems and wants his journey to be an inspiration for others suffering in silence.

"If I can come back from it then anybody else can. I'm no special person, just a human being made of blood and bone," he said.

"But it's not what brings you to your knees, it's the character you show that makes you get back up again."

Nonetheless Fury admits he is still struggling daily with his anxiety and depression.

"I liken mental health to a famous song The Eagles wrote called 'Hotel California,'" he said. "There's a verse in that called 'you can check out anytime you want but you can never leave.' And that's mental health.

"You can check out and get help any time you want. But if you don't maintain and manage your mental health problems then it'll never go away. It never does go away."

Fury's future

Since Joshua's defeat, Fury believes the heavyweight division has become a two-horse race between himself and American fighter Deontay Wilder.

The pair slugged out a highly controversial draw in December and a rematch has been penciled in, though no date has been set.

Ahead of that fiercely anticipated rematch, Fury will take on German Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.

"You can never look past any opponent as we saw last Saturday night," said Fury, referring to Joshua's defeat.

"So I must focus and give all my energy to this fight. I'm not interested in Deontay Wilder or anybody else, only Tom Schwartz."

Despite insisting he hadn't thought of Wilder in recent months, Fury was keen in his CNN Sport interview to deliver a few verbal combinations for the undefeated American to ponder.

"I don't think about him in the morning, or in the afternoon, or in the evening. He's nothing to me but a bad bum in the shower," he said, vowing to beat Wilder whenever they next meet.

"That's all Deontay Wilder is. A little known world champion in his own country. That's what he is, a bum."

Previously Wilder insists he is too dangerous for Fury and is looking forward to the rematch.

"I have definitely got his number in a rematch. We are going to see who has got whose number. I am not worried about nothing," Wilder told talkSPORT earlier this week.