Tyson Fury hails ‘inspiration’ Katie Taylor

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Tyson Fury has hailed Katie Taylor as an ‘inspiration to all’.

The former Irish heavyweight champion was on Today with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning promoting his book, ‘Behind the Mask’, which was released today.

The book details the “breakdown” the 31-year-old had after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and his journey back to the ring.

That journey has seen the former heavyweight world champion turned from much maligned fighter to mental health inspiration.

Although possibly for differing reasons – and she has gone about it in a different way – Fury believes Taylor is a similar role model.

The fighter who beat Martin Rogan to claim the Irish strap, a belt he called his world title at the time, is like most, a massive fan of the two weight and undisputed lightweight world champion.

“I’ve known Katie Taylor for a long time,” said the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’.

“I think Taylor is absolutely fantastic. She is definitely the fighting pride of Ireland in boxing.

“She is unbelievable, as an ambassador for women’s boxing and sport in general in Ireland and all over the world. She is an inspiration to all.”

Fury has his own inspirational tale to tell. He lost 140lbs, ended a two year ring sabbatical before challenging Deontay Wilder for his WBC world title – and he believes his story can help people.

“I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety all my life. I knew [severe depression] was coming and I couldn’t stop it. I know it is hard to come out and say you are suffering, but if I can do it and I’m 6’9, 18 stone and heavyweight champion, then anyone can do it. There is no embarrassment for shame in admitting you have a problem.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com