This year, Mike Tyson returned to the ring at 54 years old to square against 51 year old former champion, Roy Jones Jr. This historical feat serves as in inspiration for older men that it is possible to return to the former strength of your youth.
Tyson Fury is also heavily respected in the sports world for his journey through mental depression and how it led to him becoming a Heavyweight world champion. Boxing is used as an escape for people to deal with the stress and challenges of everyday life.
These boxing legends have shown us that anything is possible to achieve when you have hard work and determination behind you.
Mike Tyson’s Road Back To Glory
Mike Tyson’s last professional fight was over 15 years ago on June 11, 2005 against Irishman Kevin McBride in a high profile boxing match. This highly anticipated last fight of the former Heavyweight champion “Iron Mike” ended in a defeat by TKO in the seventh round.
Mike Tyson is stepping back into the ring not due to publicity or money, but rather for charity and to prove he can still be an athlete at his age. When asked why he is stepping back into the ring, he simply answered, “It’s because I can do it.”
He drew inspiration from former NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. “I was looking at his show, so I guess he can’t play football anymore, I thought that was ridiculous,” Mike Tyson said in an interview with Ariel Helwani on ESPN.
During his workouts, he regularly posted his comeback training videos to show his fans that the once-feared boxer can still deliver powerful haymakers. Iron Mike showed that age is just a number with the proper patience and dedication.
Indeed, an increasing number of people are now interested in getting back in shape at home, seeking practical tips and guidance to allow them to follow in Tyson’s footsteps.
Tyson Fury’s Battle With Depression
Tyson Fury’s story is well known in the boxing circles: the former Heavyweight champion battled with mental health problems. He achieved his goals early in his career, and when he reached the top, he wondered what to do next.
“I had everything, but it didn’t mean anything,” said Fury. In 2015, he was stripped of his titles and spent the next years in bars and pubs, gaining extra weight in the process.
Fury knew he had to get better, and reconnected with an old friend Billy Marbella. This connection would be the catalyst for the revival of his career. “Mental health has got to be the biggest battle I’ve ever fought with,” said Fury.
By having the proper support system, he was able to train and lose weight, all while working on his mental health. And after two successful comebacks in 2018, he was able to challenge WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and was victorious in their match.
Whether dealing with mental health issues or the lack of motivation to get back into shape, these two former boxing world champions have shown that dedication can help you achieve your fitness goals and where you want to be in life.
These two boxing figures have also highlighted some mental health intervention that should be given to athletes to better mental and physical health in order to prolong their career. Having strong physical and mental health is invaluable, and the courage that these two fighters show will only improve the sport in the future.