Tyson Fury

Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has encouraged other athletes to speak out about mental health issues after he confronted his own "terrible" problems.

Fury, 30, shared an epic draw with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder in a title clash earlier this month.

"If I can speak about [mental health] - heavyweight champion, six foot nine, 18 stone tough guy - anybody can," he said at the 2018 Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

"Anybody can get help, for sure."

Fury added that recovering from a 12th-round knockdown against Wilder demonstrated his refusal to be beaten.

"Many men would have stayed down after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder but I wanted to show the world that anything was possible," he said.

"No matter what you've been through in your life and no matter what you're going through, you must always continue to get back up and keep going forward and fight back.

"We need to spread the word on mental health more in sport because a lot of people are still living in darkness and are too afraid to come out and speak about it publicly."

Fury, who could be in line for a rematch against American Wilder, would not be drawn at the event in Birmingham on whether he would fight the WBC champion or Britain's Anthony Joshua, who holds the other main heavyweight belts.

"I've got nothing to say about boxing," he added. "This year has been a fantastic year and I enjoyed every moment of it and I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as I did but I'm just going to go home and spend some time with family and have a great Christmas."

Fury repeated his claims that he should have won the fight against Wilder.
He told Sports Personality host Gary Lineker: "It was a special moment in my career and my life.

"Everybody knows what I've been through - 2018 and 2017 were terrible years. This year I decided to get back to the top of the heavyweight boxing and I sacrificed and dedicated my life to the sport and I should be the WBC heavyweight champion of the world and everybody knows it."

information taken from the BBC site

Wilder v Fury

The WBC has sanctioned a direct rematch between Wilder and Fury after their controversial draw in Los Angeles.

Anthony Joshua's team are "begging" for a world heavyweight unification bout, says WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

The American, 33, controversially drew with Britain's Tyson Fury in Los Angeles earlier this month.

The WBC has since sanctioned a direct rematch after a "unanimous agreement" in a meeting of the board of governors.

"They're definitely begging now. His management have been trying to reach out to mine all of a sudden," Wilder told Joe Rogan's podcast on Monday.

"He could have had this opportunity, he had many opportunities; he could have fought Luis Ortiz, he could have fought me, he had a chance to fight [Tyson] Fury.

"But people want to know who's the best, especially after seeing this Fury fight, and I've been trying to show people who is the best. I'm always going to say I'm the best until I'm defeated."

A bout between WBC champion Wilder and Joshua - who holds the IBF and WBO, WBA belts - would unify the titles in the heavyweight division.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has previously engaged in failed negotiations with Wilder's team.

The 29-year-old British boxer is yet to confirm an opponent for his next fight on 13 April at Wembley Stadium, with Hearn saying "it comes down to what Wilder wants to do".

"Wilder is our absolute first and golden choice," Hearn said.

"Anthony will then become undisputed champion and then I think it's only right Fury gets his shot as well."

information taken from the BBC site

Wilder v Fury

Deontay Wilder knocked down Tyson Fury twice during their bout.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he "can't wait" to face Tyson Fury again, following their controversial draw in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Wilder twice knocked down Fury during the fight, but many observers felt the Briton should have won.

And Fury, 30, said he thought the 33-year-old American would try to avoid a rematch with him "at all costs".

Wilder claimed he won the fight and was the "more aggressive fighter and landed the more effective punches".

In a post on Instagram, he said: "You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done."

He added: "At the end of the day, boxing wins. The fans are the real winner and I can't wait for Wilder Fury 2 to end the controversial talk around the world once and for all."

Wilder's trainer Jay Deas said earlier he wanted his fighter to take on Fury again before a potential bout with IBF, WBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.

On Tuesday, Briton Joshua wrote on Twitter: "What took this fool [Wilder] so long? Like we ain't been interested?!!

"Anyway well done Fury! They wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished!! I'll give you a fair one when your ready! Either one of you!"

Saturday's fight was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113, with Alejandro Rochin the judge who had the American as the winner.

Fury said he had "never seen a worse decision in my life" and described it as a "gift" for his opponent.

His promoter Frank Warren said he and the British Boxing Board of Control would write to the WBC demanding another bout.

Fury was also backed by a number of former world champions, including Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis, Tony Bellew and Carl Froch.

Was the count for Fury too slow?
One of the biggest talking points of the fight was Fury's incredible rise from the canvas in the 12th round, when the former champion received a count from the referee. He recovered and finished the fight strongly.

Wilder has questioned if referee Jack Reiss' count was too slow.

When a boxer is knocked down, the referee will count over them until they get back on their feet unaided by the count of 10 seconds.

BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello says the length of Reiss' count would be "looked back on".

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's boxing podcast, analyst Steve Bunce added: "My gut feeling is it looked to me like Fury started to get up at eight, was he up at 10? That will be debated. It would have been venomously debated if he [Fury] had walked away with the win and the agenda would be 'it was a long count'.

"It was 25 seconds from the punch to the instruction to 'box on', which is probably the long side of what happens."

Wilder said Reiss was an "amazing ref", but added: "Did the count start 3-4 seconds too late or was the count too long? is the question many are asking and debating about."

information taken from the BBC site

Wilder v Fury

Tyson Fury watched Manchester United face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Britain's Tyson Fury says he wants his WBC heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder to take place at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground.

Fury, 30, was awarded a controversial draw after his bout with champion Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Manchester-born fighter, who watched United's Premier League match against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, said he is eyeing up a UK venue next.

"Frank Warren said Arsenal but I said 'no, let's have it at Old Trafford'".

Wearing a Manchester United scarf, Fury told BT Sport during half-time of the match that the fight would "hopefully be in the summer".

And when asked about the possible result for Jose Mourinho's side, he joked: "I don't like draws, I only like wins."

Saturday's fight was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113, with Alejandro Rochin the judge who had the American as the winner.

Fury said he had "never seen a worse decision in my life" and described it as a "gift" for his opponent.

In an Instagram post in response, Wilder, 33, said: "You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done."

information taken from the BBC site

Britain's Nicola Adams

Britain's Nicola Adams won Olympic boxing gold in 2012 and 2016.

Olympic chiefs have begun an investigation into the "governance, ethics and financial management" of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned AIBA could lose its status as amateur boxing's governing body.

The IOC has also "frozen the planning" for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

But it says it will make "all efforts" to ensure boxing features at the Games "regardless of these measures".

One of the IOC's key concerns surrounds Gafur Rakhimov, who was elected as AIBA president this month.

The controversial Uzbek businessman is described by the US Treasury Department as a "key member and associate of a transnational organised criminal network".

The IOC says that creates uncertainty about his role.

Regarding the organisation's finances, auditors have told the IOC "uncertainty still persists about the ability to continue as a going concern".

The IOC has acknowledged progress by AIBA in improving refereeing standards and becoming fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Is boxing at Tokyo 2020 under threat?

The IOC says not, but it has:

Frozen the planning for the Olympic boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020, including official contact between AIBA and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, ticket sales, approval and implementation of a qualification system, test event planning and finalisation of the competition schedule.

Prohibited the use by AIBA of the Olympic properties, including the Olympic rings and Tokyo 2020 logo for any communications/advertising and/or promotional materials.

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has called for the World Boxing Association (WBA) to replace the AIBA as the federation responsible for organising the Olympic boxing event.

information taken from the BBC site

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