TYSON FURY sent a heart-warming personal video message to a fan who tried to take his own life while struggling with mental health.
Karl Jones, 32, says the Gypsy King’s return against Deontay Wilder saved his life as it inspired him to turn to boxing for help too.
Solent News Karl Jones, inspired by Tyson Fury’s return, turned to boxing while he was struggling with mental health
Reuters Fury sent Jones a personal video message before his Saturday’s charity bout in Darlington
Fury, 30, sent Jones a personal message just hours before his charity bout with Ultra White Collar Boxing at The Dolphin Centre in Darlington on Saturday night.
Filming the video from the passenger seat of his car, Fury said: “I just want to wish Karl all the best for his fight tonight.
“I read his story, I know he was about to commit suicide and he was inspired by my story.
“Quite the turnaround Karl, to be back boxing and helping mental health. Congratulations buddy, you’re doing a fantastic job.
“Anybody can come back, like I have proved and like you have proved. Good luck in your fight mate, continue to keep battling forward.”
After seeing the video, Jones stepped in the ring – accompanied by Fury’s entrance music, Freed from Desire by Gala – before drawing his three-round fight.
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Following the bought, he was touched by Fury’s gesture and said: “I was so chuffed to get a personal video message from Tyson before my bout.
“I couldn’t believe that he’d heard about me and then took the time out so send it over.
“I’ve watched it so many times but still can’t believe he did that for me. He’s been a huge inspiration for me having come through so much and to then get back in the ring.”
Jones says he decided to get back into boxing – a sport he first took up as a 14 year-old – after seeing Fury talk about mental health at the end of the controversial draw against Wilder last year.
If you’re down, reach out, talk to people. If I can do it, you can do itTyson Fury
He also insists that boxing has now transformed his life and he can finally enjoy himself.
Jones added: “At the end, he did a post-fight interview and he talked about mental health. He said ‘if you’re down, reach out, talk to people’.
“He said ‘if I can do it, you can do it’.
“It was that which made me go back into boxing, and I wish I could thank him personally.
“It had been creeping up on me for years, but in June last year I knew something was wrong. I didn’t want to die, it was the pain and suffering inside that I wanted to get rid of.
“I went to hospital, and I told them I didn’t want life anymore. I had lost my character, I didn’t feel like myself.
“At the time, I didn’t believe in depression. Now, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It’s a cancer to the mind, and it takes lives.
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“Boxing has helped me a lot. If I hadn’t liked Tyson as a boxer, if he hadn’t gone back to fighting and then said all of that about mental health, I think I would be gone.”
“It’s the first time I’ve enjoyed myself in months. It’s the only thing that keeps me going.
“Tyson Fury is my number one favourite boxer, and it feels like I’m living the same life as him.
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