UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has opened up on a battle with depression in the last year and said he is taking inspiration from Tyson Fury’s comeback.
Fury overcame mental health issues in the last three years to challenge Deontay Wilder for the WBC title last Saturday in Los Angeles.
The British heavyweight and much of the boxing world feel he was wrongly denied a clear victory on the judges’ scorecards.
But after the fight Fury said he had fought throughout the last year to prove to people they can come back from depression and mental health issues.
‘The dude is an inspiration, for sure,’ Holloway said this week about Fury.
Holloway, 27, explained he ‘cut’ himself away from the world in the last year as he struggled with depression.
‘I spent a lot of time with my son,’ he says. ‘He is awesome. He has got too much personality. ‘Mini-Blessed’ can get a bunch of people out of any state.
‘To get out of that state, you need to start reaching out to friends and family. These people are there to help you.
‘I have a great team behind me, great coaches and great team-mates.’
He continued: ‘I cut myself off totally from the whole world.
‘The only people who had contact with me were people who had my house key, but if they came over, I wouldn’t talk to them. I would just leave.’
Holloway returns to action at UFC 231 this weekend in Toronto after twice being forced to pull out of scheduled bouts in 2018.
The Hawaii native defends his title against top contender Brian Ortega in what is being billed as a potential fight of the year contender.
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Originally Authored By: Coral Barry