Catholic boxer Tyson Fury is to publish a “warts and all” autobiography detailing his faith, his rise to fame and his subsequent mental health struggles.
Behind The Mask: My Autobiography will be published by Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on 14th November.
It is expected to shed light on the former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion’s drug and alcohol use, depression and subsequent return to boxing.
Fury, 31, said his story was “bigger than boxing” and suggested it could help other people suffering poor mental health.
He said: “‘I’ve been working hard on this for a long time. But the secret’s out. For the first time ever I’ve told my whole story, and revealed the real me, warts and all.
“I’ve spoken about the darkest moments of my life, when I came within seconds of ending everything in a Ferrari at 160mph.
“I’ve spoken about my upbringing, my family, my fights, my faith, my weight loss. And I’ve relived my battle with depression, drink and drugs.
“It’s a story about coming back from the brink, and how I changed my mindset and attitude to life to do this.
“It’s a story that’s bigger than boxing. I hope it can help people out there to get help if they’re struggling with mental health problems. If I can come back from these things, so can you.”
Fury, who was born into an Irish family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, said he intends to remain healthy and stay out of trouble as he plots his way back to the top of the heavyweight division.
He relinquished the belts he won against Wladimir Klitschko after much-publicised mental health problems and a ban for a failed drugs test.
Fury has one eye on a February rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder after their meeting last December finished in a controversial draw but for now he has to focus on Saturday’s Las Vegas bout against relative unknown Otto Wallin.
And Fury, who has had previous weight problems and once ballooned to 28 stone, insists he is now in peak condition.
“I have changed my lifestyle, I have a new lease of life and it is training, eating well, sleeping well, drinking well and enjoying day-by-day as it comes,” he said.
“My long-term plan is to keep healthy and stay out of trouble by being a good boy.”
Picture: Tyson Fury. (Nick Potts/PA).