‘Sui­ci­dal’ Tyson Fury ad­mits co­caine use

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Trou­bled world heavy­weight cham­pion Tyson Fury has ad­mit­ted tak­ing large amounts of co­caine, say­ing he is also sui­ci­dal and that “I hope some­one kills me be­fore I kill my­self”. Fol­low­ing the Bri­ton’s lat­est, dis­turb­ing com­ments, the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol (BBBofC) said Wed­nes­day it would con­sider his case, and a pos­si­ble de­ci­sion to with­draw his li­cence to box, at an al­ready sched­uled Oc­to­ber 12 meet­ing. The 28-year-old Fury, who has twice this year abruptly can­celled re­matches with Wladimir Kl­itschko to de­fend his World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion heavy­weight belts, tweeted on Mon­day that he had re­tired, only to make a U-turn just hours later.

Last week re­ports emerged that Fury had failed a drug test for co­caine and he con­firmed for the first time, to Rolling Stone mag­a­zine, that he had taken the class A drug as a way of self-med­i­cat­ing for se­vere de­pres­sion. “Lis­ten, I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I’ve done lots of co­caine. Lots of it,” Fury told the mag­a­zine in a series of star­tling ad­mis­sions. Ex­plain­ing why his re­match with Kl­itschko had been called off for a sec­ond time, Fury said: “I’ve not been train­ing. I’ve been go­ing through de­pres­sion. I just don’t want to live any more, if you know what I’m say­ing. I’ve had to­tal enough of it.

“So co­caine is a lit­tle mi­nor thing com­pared to not want­ing to live any more.” He added: “I don’t know if I’m go­ing to see the year out, to be hon­est... “They say I’ve got a ver­sion of bipo­lar. I’m a manic de­pres­sive. I just hope some­one kills me be­fore I kill my­self.”

Fury has courted con­tro­versy since sen­sa­tion­ally de­feat­ing Kl­itschko last year to be­come world cham­pion, mak­ing a series of com­ments about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and Jews and ex­tolling the virtues of his ex­treme re­li­gious views. A mem­ber of the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity, Fury said he had been a vic­tim of prej­u­dice.

“It’s been a witch-hunt ever since I won that world ti­tle,” Fury told Rolling Stone. “Ever since I got a bit of fame for do­ing good there’s been a witch-hunt on me be­cause of my back­ground, be­cause of who I am and what I do.” Fury, who said he had never taken per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs, al­ready risked los­ing his ti­tle belts be­cause of in­ac­tiv­ity.

In 2010 the BBBofC with­drew the in­ac­tive Ricky Hat­ton’s boxer’s li­cence amid al­le­ga­tions of co­caine use.

Asked how they would treat Fury, the board’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Robert Smith told Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “He is li­censed by us. The sanc­tion­ing bod­ies, the WBO, WBAthey are not gov­ern­ing bod­ies-they can strip him, de­clare the ti­tles va­cant, or he can va­cate them.—AFP

MANCH­ESTER: Bri­tish heavy­weight boxer Tyson Fury re­acts dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to pub­li­cise his forth­com­ing world heavy­weight ti­tle fight against Ukra­nian heavy­weight Wladimir Kl­itschko, at the Manch­ester Arena in Manch­ester, north-west Eng­land. — AFP

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