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British boxing legend Ricky Hatton has hailed Tyson Fury, expressing his pride at how the heavyweight champion has turned his life around. Fury completed one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history when he beat Deontay Wilder in their rematch in February
He returned to the sport after two years of inactivity due to mental health issues, alcoholism, recreational drug use and extreme weight gain. Hatton, who was in Fury’s corner for his first fights back and had similar issues during his career, has nothing but good words to say about the Gypsy King.
“We’re not on speed dial as they say but I’ve known him years,” he said on The Gary Newbon Show. “You know I’ve seen him when he was going through his bad times, when he was 10 stone overweight. He even beat Ricky Fatton. He was going through a really bad traumatic time and he used to say to me about making a comeback and I used to think, personally, I’m not bothered about you coming back Tyson. I’m more concerned about your health. But never mind his health, he’s come back tenfold.
“To do what he’s done in the ring with the Wilder fights and after all his problems with all that. He’s doing his own little thing for mental health and stuff like that.”