Back from ‘hell’, Fury helping others fight their demons

first_imgBy Rory CarrollLOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) – Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he “tasted death” during the mental health crisis that brought him to the brink of suicide but is back and on a mission to help others.The British fighter shocked the world in 2015 when he defeated long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko to capture the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.But he was stripped of those belts the next year after alcohol and drug use rendered him unable to compete.He ballooned in weight and few, including Fury himself, thought he’d ever see the inside of a ring again. But he rediscovered his love of boxing and the sport he walked away from proved to be his salvation.“I’ve been to hell and back and I’ve been given a second chance at life,” he told Reuters.“I turned my life around from 420 pounds and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis to getting back to the top of the heavyweight division,” he said. “To almost taste death and to come back to this level has definitely been a blessing.”Fury said he is passionate about helping others who struggle with mental health issues and has embarked on speaking tours in the UK and Europe to spread the word to those suffering that they can get better.“On the second return journey, I’m doing as much as I can to help others in needy positions and as much as I can to spread the word on mental health and smash the stigma because everybody deserves a second chance.” The response has been overwhelming. “People are flying in from all over to say thank you. You’ve saved my brother, my uncle, my cousin, my wife. One guy flew in from Malaysia to thank me personally and give me a hug.“So it means the world, it means so much to get the recognition for the help,” he said.Fury credits his own turnaround to the purifying effects of exercise, something he recommends but only up to a point.“Anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis should immediately contact a doctor,” he said.“I believe that if you do suffer from mental health, and I know a lot of people out there do, having a little training programme really works,” he said.“I don’t mean like a high-performance athlete, I mean just on a regular, day to day basis. What you can manage as an individual.“Whether it is a little 10-minute walk or a jog, whatever you can manage. And if you can maintain it like a daily thing, I think it really does help.”FEELING ‘FANTASTIC’ AHEAD OF UPCOMING BOUTSFury said he feels “fantastic” ahead of his September 14 bout with Otto Wallin and his highly-anticipated February 22 rematch with Deontay Wilder but said mental health struggles always lurk in the background.“There’s a great song the Eagles wrote called ‘Hotel California,’” Fury said while, appropriately, speaking to Reuters in a hotel room in downtown Los Angeles. “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave,” he said.“I believe that’s mental health because you can get well – you can check out any time you want – but you can never leave it because you’re born with it.Fury, who in February signed a reported $100 million contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to have his fights broadcast on ESPN, said he is now content to live in the moment. “I don’t have long-term goals, I only live day to day,” he said.“My long-term goal is to be happy and well and healthy. And anything after that is a real bonus. Nothing is guaranteed in life and nothing is promised.“We’re not even promised tomorrow morning so we’ve got to live and enjoy the moments we have in time, and that’s all we have – moments in time,” he said. “I’m making the best of every moment in time I have as of late.”last_img read more

Guardiola says Aguero will decide own future

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero had earned the right to determine his own Manchester City future after the Argentinian striker scored a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.The build-up to Saturday’s contest was dogged by talk of Aguero’s supposed discontent at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola continues to rotate his starting XI.Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, is reported to have held talks with club owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but he showed no signs of unhappiness against Bournemouth as he scored twice and set up a goal for Raheem Sterling.“I respect Sergio a lot, about all he has done and what he will do in the future,” said City manager Guardiola after the Premier League leaders’ 17th successive league win.“He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here with Gabriel (Jesus) and all the squad.“Aguero is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals. I know the players who normally don’t play are upset, but all the team deserve to play.”Guardiola : Aguero will decide own futureAguero’s first goal, a clinically taken diving header after 27 minutes following a fine Fernandinho cross, was his 100th City goal at the Etihad.Sterling doubled City’s lead in the 53rd minute, thrashing a low effort home to end a challenging week that saw him racially abused at the club’s training ground last weekend by a man who was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday.The England forward appears to have shrugged off that incident and Guardiola believes he is getting better all the time.– Sterling ‘is loved’ – “With and without the ball he’s so aggressive and so intense. I like how clear it’s becoming — he knows when to dribble and when to pass,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.“Before there was a mistake, now he’s enjoying scoring goals. In the past it was a bit scary for him.“He’s loved in the locker room, he’s a young player and important for the national team. He must maintain that level.”After Sterling’s goal, Bournemouth could no longer contain City and the home side began to maraud forward.Aguero nodded home his second header of the match before substitute Danilo ruthlessly finished from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining.Sterling is lovedAlthough they slipped into the relegation zone, Bournemouth showed enough intent and commitment to suggest they can avoid the drop.“City are an outstanding team, very difficult to play against and we came with a game plan to stay in the game then maybe have a go,” said beaten manager Eddie Howe.“For long periods we were good. The (first) goal came from our mistake, which was disappointing, but the rest of the half was OK. The second goal was the killer. We had another go, but it was difficult.”Howe added: “We try to approach every game looking to win, but these are a difficult team to play against.“If you get it wrong here they have the players to expose it. We’ve had an incredibly difficult run, but we are through it and have to focus on the games coming up.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Toy Run 2014 Parade Route Traffic Delays Expected

first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays.  Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website:  http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more