Last night, the fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ended in a draw, leaving a lot for people to talk about. However, one of the most memorable moments from the entire situation might be the brief post-fight interview the bruised and battered Tyson Fury gave to the cameras.
Part of the entertainment for people, because that’s what this is about, generating income through entertainment and you can consider it an artform, is the story of each of the fighters. This goes without saying.
Tyson has expressed how he has gone through his own “personal demons” and fought his own problems before he stepped into the ring for this fight with the “Bronze Bomber.” Thoughts of s**cide, substance and alcohol abuse, and depression have plagued him, which is very relatable for a lot of people.
Last night, what he did is being called among the greatest returns in the history of boxing. He didn’t get the decision that so many people believe his fight merited but his absolutely dramatic comeback is very satisfying for a lot of people to see, probably to a great extent because of this down to Earth persona that he has established with his fans.
Fury went through what is being described as a process that required intense determination, discipline, and fortitude of the mind in order to lose as much weight as possible and most likely qualify for that weight division, to prepare for this fight he went through a transformation that is entertaining to people and worthy of watching for people because it probably on some level inspires them.
So in that post-fight interview, he stared right into the camera and said: “It’s an iconic comeback, isn’t it? After two-and-a-half years out the ring, ten stone ballooned, mental health problems.
I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back, and it can be done. Everybody out there who has the same problems I’ve been suffering with, I did that for you guys.”
This is a performance. If it’s all beneficial for everyone involved, a fight organized like this is like an artform, something for people to do, and a way for people to make a living as well. It’s entertainment and at best, an artform.
“You know the truth. Everybody knows I won that fight,” he continued.
“And if I can come back from where I’ve come from then you can do it too. So, get up, get over it and let’s do it. Seek help, and let’s do it together as a team. I did it for you guys.”
If you look at the commentary being made about him and the fight, you’ll notice the persona being built up.
On Twitter, ex-world champion Lennox Lewis said: “I just saw @Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw! In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared.”
This persona is very, very relatable to young Americans going through an epidemic of drugs right now, no doubt about it.