Tyson Fury understands Alexander Volkanovski’s recent comments about dealing with mental health struggles amidst fighting inactivity.
Volkanovski’s attempt at ‘champ-champ’ status fell short against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294 last Saturday. Just minutes into the fight, Makhachev landed a brutal head kick followed by ground-and-pound to earn his second consecutive win over Volkanovski.
After the fight, Volkanovski gave a raw perspective on some of the personal struggles he deals with in between fight camps. He hinted that not being booked for a fight ‘does his head in’, which led him to accept the short-notice rematch against Makhachev.
Fury, who faces Francis Ngannou this weekend in Saudi Arabia, has dealt with some mental health issues during his life and career. He feels that Volkanovski is strong enough to work through them and cement himself as an all-time great.
Tyson Fury Advises Alexander Volkanovski After Mental Health Comments
During a recent interview with TheMacLife, Fury sympathized with Volkanovski’s frustrations with inactivity.
“I’ve been in that situation all year,” Fury said. “I haven’t boxed since last year, December of 2022. I didn’t even know if I would box again and then right out of the blue, all of this has come and here we are…what I’d say to Alexander is keep going. He’s a very good professional athlete, you win some you lose some, get back in there and kick ass!”
Volkanovski could make a quick turnaround as he gets ready to defend the UFC featherweight title next year. He’s expected to face Ilia Topuria for his next title defense, which could potentially take place as soon as January at UFC 297.
Volkanovski’s admissions about mental health are refreshing to fighters, fans, and pundits alike. If Fury’s success is any indication, Volkanovski can bounce back in a big way despite some of his demons.
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