Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fury's Been in the Wars but Claims He's Found Peace Far from Home

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fury's Been in the Wars but Claims He's Found Peace Far from Home

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent

FIGHTER REVEALS HARD WORK AWAY FROM THE SPOTLIGHT HAS MADE HIM MORE SETTLED TYSON FURY is a mass of contradictions. One minute, he talks about the tranquility of a Belgian woodland where he has been training and how much of a softie he is, the next the beatings he intends to mete out.

In one breath, he says he is never nervous before a fight, the next he warns of the butterflies that will litter his stomach before stepping into the ring against Kevin Johnson tomorrow night. Equally, he talks about having the experience to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in two fights' time before claiming to be no more than a three-fight novice.

Quite what circulates around Fury's mind is unclear. In conversation, he is much more softly spoken than you might expect of a 6ft 9in boxer. Then there's the Fury by name and nature that occasionally rears its ugly head, most recently in a bizarre rant against fellow British heavyweight, David Price, live on television.

An interview he did almost exactly a year ago gave an insight into a fighter spiralling out of control, at least mentally.

He spoke of an occasional desire to drive his car into the wall at 100mph, of being mentally disturbed and needing a psychiatrist.

Whether it's true or not, he insists such thoughts are a thing of the past. "I'm all over that now," he says of a once deep depression that he claimed afflicted himself and his brothers. "The depression I was going through was because I was not training enough.

"I didn't know how to make it better.

It has gone now, I've got a better camp.

I don't think I have anything like that any more. I don't know anyone in life that doesn't have days where they go 'this is s**t'. I'm no different."

If Fury is to be believed, he found salvation in a small log cabin in Essen, away from his wife, Paris, and the couple's two children, Prince and Venezuela, whom he last saw six weeks ago.

Fury was at peace in the surrounding greenery of tall pines three miles away from the nearest shop. "There's nothing out there, it's perfect," says the 24-yearold, who vacated the training base on Saturday before his final preparations in Belfast to face Johnson. …

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