Tony Bellew’s ‘heartbreaking’ Paddy Pimblett chat over suicide rates among men
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Boxing legend Tony Bellew offered a glimpse into his “heartbreaking” conversation with UFC ace Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett.
Bellew recently had his fellow Liverpudlian as a guest on his podcast ‘ Tony Bellew is Angry ’, which goes out on January 25. While Pimblett’s all action, combative fighting style in the Octagon has seen him become a huge name in the UFC, he has also become a huge advocate for men’s mental health.
After his impressive victory over Jordan Leavitt in UFC 277 last year, Pimblett took the microphone and revealed his very close friend Ricky had died of suicide hours before his pre-fight weigh-in. And while Bellew did not detail what was said in the upcoming podcast, the former WBC World Heavyweight Champion stated it was a very difficult, but informative, conversation.
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“It was sad, but it was very, very informative,” Bellew said, while talking about the next series of the ‘Tony Bellew is Angry’ podcast in an exclusive interview with Daily Star Sport. “It made me much more aware of what is going on. I’ve always known the biggest killer amongst men is suicide. It’s the silent voice in everybody’s head.
“It’s the biggest killer of men aged between 30 and 50. It’s really frightening me. What happened to Paddy was heartbreaking and to speak to him about what was going through his mind was heartbreaking. I know of other people who have been in similar situations, I know a lad who lost his father. His father committed suicide, he obviously had, had enough. It’s something we all need to do more and more to drive through.”
According to men’s mental health charity Men’s Minds Matter, men account for three quarters of all suicides. Across the globe, suicide is the leading cause of death globally for men across all age groups.
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And in the wake of these truly awful figures, Bellew has urged any men who are experiencing depression or are simply feeling very low, to speak to a loved one or seek help. “I see so many aspects being pushed through the media but I do not see men’s suicide rates being pushed,” Bellew added.
“We need to pay this a lot more attention because, listen, this is a bigger killer than cancer is in men and that is frightening when you hear statistics like that. There are more men dying of suicide then there is dying of cancer between the age of 30 and 50. We do need to start talking more. I had Joe Marler on and he was absolutely brilliant. He spoke very openly about the times when he retired from Rugby about how he was mentally low and how he was down and how he went through certain situations.
"It was unbelievable. It will help so many men out there because if they think, ‘if Joe Marler is going through it, then I can be going through it’. As men, we all have to understand we are all going through something. There is not a person living the perfect life. Everyone has something going on, regardless of what social media says, regardless of what men say, there is something going on deep down."
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You can listen to Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett's appearance on the 'Tony Bellew is Angry' podcast on January 25 on BBC Sounds
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