Ricky Hatton has revealed Tyson Fury once phoned him up to offer his support after he admitted that he ‘wasn’t having his best day’ on social media.
The pair have both openly spoken about their struggles with mental health problems in the past, with the ‘Gypsy King’ inspiring millions when he bravely battled depression to defeat WBC champion Deontay Wilder in stunning fashion back in February.
And Hatton, who also inspired millions after fighting off drug and alcohol addiction, revealed it was the support of his friends and family that has helped on the road to recovery.
The former lightweight and welterweight world champion told IFL TV: “I put a thing on my Instagram, ‘Not having my best day, but we’ve gotta get on with it.’
“Do you know who phoned me? Tyson Fury, within ten minutes, ‘Hiya Rick, what’s up with you? You alright?’… That’s the man, Tyson, just to make sure I was alright.”
The pair are also great friends with Hatton present in Fury’s corner in his first fight with Wilder in 2018.
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The Manchester-born bruiser recently took to Instagram to send a message to his followers encouraging those with mental health problems to speak out.
“This message goes out there to anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, any mental health issues,” Fury said.
“I was one of the first people to speak openly about it in recent times; this is a special message to you.
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Been an amazing comeback over the last 2 years. Thank you for the support.
“You can do it you know, you’ve just got to think of the positive things you have in your life.
Positive things meaning being able to walk, breath in fresh air; you don’t need no help for walking around and doing things.
“Just keep positive – keep busy and everything is going to be alright.
“There’s plenty of people out there all in the same boat and it’s a hard fight that we must continue to fight – NEVER GIVE UP.”