Boxing put forward for mental health help

Mental health charity Mind have supported claims that boxing can be used to help combat health issues.

The sport has been suggested as an outlet for those suffering from mental health problems, citing that it can help their state of mind.

The charity has stated that the sport and exercise can only have a positive effect on those who suffer.

The issue has received spotlight recently following Tyson Fury’s revealing interview on the Joe Rogan podcast, detailing his tough battle with depression.

Fury himself admitted that boxing and the setting of goals helps him to fight his demons.

“I didn’t care about my family, my career, I didn’t care about nothing. I just wanted to die. I gave up on life.”

The 30-year old has now turned his life around and is set to face American kingpin Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on December 1.

Questions have been asked of the British Boxing Board of Control as to whether they are doing enough to raise awareness of the issue.

Local boxing coach Steve Barnes believes they should be doing more.

“I haven’t see huge things from boxing or on social media. I don’t think it is┬ádoing anything specific.”