Ricky Hatton praises ‘proper man’ Tyson Fury for mental health turnaround

Ricky Hatton has told talkSPORT he’s ‘made up’ for Tyson Fury following his remarkable mental health turnaround.

After the monumental victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury began on a downward spiral during which he abused drink and drugs while suffering from mental illness.

Ricky Hatton praises 'proper man' Tyson Fury for mental health turnaround

When at his biggest Fury trained at Hatton’s gym to start losing weight

He has since built himself back up and staged a remarkable comeback in 2018 for which Hatton was initially in his corner.

The ‘Gypsy King’ controversially drew with Deontay Wilder at the end of that year, but righted the wrong by knocking the American out in their 2020 rematch.

Outside of the ring, Fury has become a mental health ambassador.

Hatton told the talkSPORT Breakfast: “To be honest with you I’m made up for him because I think people are seeing the real Tyson Fury now.

Ricky Hatton praises 'proper man' Tyson Fury for mental health turnaround

Fury floored Wilder twice and stopped him in seven rounds

“A few years ago when he was in a bad place, he couldn’t open his mouth without putting his foot in it, could he?

“I think he lost a lot of fans which was frustrating knowing what the real Tyson Fury’s like.

“But because of not just what he’s done inside the boxing ring, what he’s done outside the boxing ring.

Ricky Hatton praises 'proper man' Tyson Fury for mental health turnaround

Fury is WBC heavyweight champion of the world

“What he’s come back from. He was on the lowest rung of the ladder, suicide, drink, drugs, mental health problems.

“And to have come out and done what he’s done in the ring, using his bad times to help people now, I think people are seeing the real Tyson Fury.

“I’m made up because the Tyson that we saw a few years back, that wasn’t the real man.

“And he is a man, a proper man.”

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