Tyson Fury is still technically boxing’s near-unanimous heavyweight champion, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to last much longer. The 28-year-old Brit has been on a roller coaster ride since winning the belts and recently tested positive for cocaine and was declared “medically unfit” to fight a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Fury has admitted that he has spent the last four months doing cocaine, drinking and getting “fat as a pig.” At the time of the interview on Monday, he claimed he had been clean for three days.
Since beating Klitschko by unanimous decision for the titles on November 28, 2015, Fury has pulled out of two planned rematches. The undefeated Mancunian was deemed medically unfit for a a second fight with Klitschko two weeks ago due to mental issues. Promoters didn’t disclose just what he was going through but said, “the condition is too severe to allow him to participate.” Fury is supposed to undergo treatment for his issues, and his brother took to Twitter to defend him:
Fury told Rolling Stone the following:
I used to love boxing when I was a kid. It was my life. All the way through it was my life. You finally get to where you need to be and it becomes a big mess. And that’s it. I hate boxing now. I wouldn’t even go across the road to watch a world title fight. That’s what its done to me. I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day. And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife isn’t it? But I don’t want to live anymore. And if I could take me own life — and I wasn’t a Christian — I’d take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill me self. I’ll have to spend eternity in hell.
Wow, that’s some pretty serious stuff. It might be better if he never fights again and instead focuses on his health. Clearly he’s got enough going on.
Fury beat Klitschko in a shocking upset, after the Ukrainian had laid waste to the heavyweight division for a decade. Klitschko hadn’t actually lost in almost 12 years and was on a 21-fight winning streak. He had been IBF and IBO world champion since beating Chris Byrd on April 22, 2006.
Obviously Klitschko wants his belts back but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be facing Fury any time soon. There’s a high likelihood of the British champ being stripped of at least some of his titles since he won’t be able to defend them. A Klitschko bout with Anthony Joshua seems likely, especially if Fury’s belts are taken away.
As for Fury, this is just the latest in a string of recent craziness. He announced his retirement via tweet on Monday morning, only to retract it a few hours later. He tweeted a picture of himself photo-shopped sitting behind a mountain of cocaine, tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone and now also tested positive for cocaine. This is easily one of the most spectacular meltdowns in sports history. In less than a year, Fury has gone from celebrated heavyweight champion to persona non grata.
Forget ever fighting again, Fury staring death in the face if he doesn’t figure out a way to clean up his act for good.