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Tyson's toughest battle will be fought outside the ring

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By David Kelly

Published 14/10/2016

Outside the ropes: Tyson Fury
Outside the ropes: Tyson Fury

Boxing truly is the most unforgiving of sporting endeavours and unless Tyson Fury is a changed man then let us hope he remains outside the ropes.

The "manic depression" as described by his uncle Peter is being treated and the British Boxing Board of Control's decision to suspend his licence will hopefully give him the space to heal and progress along the path to mental stability.

Mentally and physically boxing stretches a man and the remuneration for a fight does not always - in their view - tally up to the exhausting hours over months of preparation. Then there's another three months before the next pay-day.

Whatever has led to Fury visiting this current barren land, if he is to step back into the ring then those around him will need to make sure he has ongoing support to try and ensure he never returns.

Leaving it behind is clearly going to take time and as Fury deals with the biggest fight of his life the lucrative heavyweight carousel will continue with Wladimir Klitschko lined up to face IBF World champion Anthony Joshua. David Haye is also in the mix for another World title shot, while Hughie Fury - Tyson's cousin - has a world title eliminator before the end of the year.

The shadow of Tyson Fury will loom large over boxing's flagship division for the next 12 months. Unbeaten and having beaten the best of his generation last November when dethroning Klitschko, to many he will still be seen as the best heavyweight on the planet.

Whether that status can ever be rubber-stamped again in the ring remains to be seen.

One thing is certain, he will always be remembered as the man who created one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing on that glorious night in Dusseldorf last November. It was a life-changing night but sadly many will only see that being the case for all the wrong reasons.

A series of controversial moments have led to this sad point in his career. The joy of victory was a truly fleeting sensation.

Now Fury insists that with the right help he will return to the ring and be a force once more.

It is hard to imagine that second time around on the carousel he will not exhibit the innate desire that led him to the top of the mountain.

We can only hope that Fury has the safety valves in place to go with the fistic fire.

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