The fate of his boxing titles is the least of Tyson Fury’s concerns.
In a revealing interview with Rolling Stone, Fury elaborated on several troubling aspects of his life; in particular, he goes as far as to say that the stresses of his life outside of the sport has led to drug use and suicidal thoughts.
“Listen, I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I’ve done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. Why shouldn’t I take cocaine? It’s my life isn’t it? I can do what I want,” Fury said. “Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. What the f— has that got to do with anything? That ain’t a performance enhancing drug. Am I not allowed to have a life now as well? Do they want to take my personal life off me too?
“I’ve not been in a gym for months. I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. They’ve forced me to the breaking edge. Never mind cocaine. I just didn’t care. I don’t want to live anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore.”
Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko last November, taking the Ukrainian’s championship and ending his 11-year unbeaten streak. According to Fury, he’s has been in a downward spiral since. He attributes his misfortune to what he sees as the corruption inherent in boxing, and prejudice aimed towards him due to his background as an Irish Traveler (a minority group commonly vilified in the U.K.).
A pair of rematches were booked for Fury and Klitschko in 2016, with Fury withdrawing on both occasions. First, it was an ankle injury, and more recently Fury was deemed “medically unfit” to compete. Shortly after the second cancellation, Fury teased and then retracted a possible retirement on Twitter.
“But you know what it is. I feel more racism now in 2016 than any slave, any foreign immigrant ever did in the 1800s,” Fury said. “Listen, when Muhammad Ali threw his gold medal away in the 1960s for being mistreated and abused, this is what I’m doing today. I’m throwing all my world titles in the bin because I ain’t accepted in society for being a Traveler in 2016.
“What does it mean to be a world heavyweight champion when you cannot go into your local restaurant, sit down and have a dinner? It doesn’t mean nothing clearly.”
Fury insists that his problems are primarily personal, explaining that he has “got a version of bipolar” and describing himself as a “manic depressive.” It’s unclear when he’ll return to training, if ever, and he seems to regret the time he’s already put in despite the massive success he’s had in the ring.
“I just can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel if I’m honest,” Fury said. “It was driving my family apart. My wife says she can’t live with me because I’m a lunatic. I just … I don’t know. I don’t know what’s goin’ on. It looks I’m just goin’ … everything is gonna go. I’ll lose my family, my wife, my kids. Everything.
“All due to boxing. I wish to God on everything, that I never got into boxing as a child. I wish this never happened and I had just done a routine job and a routine life.”