Gypsy King boxer Tyson Fury made an epic comeback after depression led him to his darkest moments and his weight ballooned to 28 stone.
With the help of his trainer Kristian Blacklock, who he affectionately calls Old Baldy Head, he shed 10st, escaped the depths of depression and went on to become world heavyweight champion for a second time.
Now in his new book, The Furious Method, exclusively serialised in the Sunday Mirror, he explains how exercise and positive thinking can help transform your life, too.
Within a month of being crowned world heavyweight champ, I was an emotional wreck on my way to a heart attack, thanks to a diet of Class-A drugs, junk food and alcohol.
I had my epiphany in a pub on Halloween night in 2017, hopelessly overweight and humiliated, wearing a skeleton outfit that was skin-tight and emphasised my full 28st.
Although I had started training again, I was still drinking and going on benders and making life a misery for my wife, my children and those who were closest to me.
Looking around the pub at people half my age I felt like a disgrace, and I knew things had to change.
I left the pub early for a change and later that night I stood in my bedroom in my underpants, fell on my knees and cried out to God to help me.
When I got back up, I knew the comeback was on because I was finally asking for God’s help and being honest that I had a serious problem.
My mental health and marriage were both hanging by a thread. Everything I previously despised – including drugs – I now did; that’s how much I had come to loathe myself.
Until then I’d never taken my eyes off being a decent father to my kids, nor had I taken cocaine, and yet here I was keeping the cartels of Colombia afloat.
I appreciate not everyone will share the same desire to get into the ring and knock ten bells out of someone.
But I believe the building blocks of my successful comeback over depression and weight issues to become heavyweight champion of the world once again can be useful for anyone.
Remember, I look like an average Joe: bald and a bit fat around the midriff.
In the depths of depression I was suicidal and 28st.
But with the support of family and friends, and by seeking professional help and focusing on a positive outlook, I got healthy in body and mind.
I hope you haven’t been through what I have, but I do hope the challenges I have overcome will resonate.
Quality of thinking informs everything we do.
Being a fat, lazy bum with millions in the bank is no way to live, but being hungry, fit and really alive in the middle of life’s journey – now that’s a thing worth fighting for!