Boxer Tyson Fury Admits to Heavy Cocaine Use, Wants to Die
Following news of a failed drug test, troubled heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury opened up about his drug use in a new interview, admitting that he's "done lots of cocaine. Lots of it."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old revealed that he had not trained in months, was fighting depression, has suicidal thoughts and a drinking problem. And, at the time of the interview, had been sober for just three days.
"Listen, I've done a lot of things in my life. I've done lots of cocaine. Lots of it," Fury said. "Why shouldn't I take cocaine? It's my life, isn't it? I can do what I want. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. What the f*ck 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."
— GYPSYKING, (@Tyson_Fury) October 1, 2016
This comes less than a year after he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in a massive upset to become heavyweight champion. Since then, things have gone downhill for Fury, who pulled out of a July rematch, claiming a sprained ankle, before the rescheduled Oct. 29 date was canceled just two weeks ago.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Fury admits that he pulled out of the July date, because he simply was not prepared... because he wasn't training. "I've not been in the gym for months. I've been AWOL. I've been out drinking, anything to get me mind off what's been going on to me."
An day before withdrawing from the October fight, he submitted to a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which came up positive for cocaine.
"I'm going through a lot of personal demons, trying to shake them off," Fury told Rolling Stone. "This has got nothing to do with my fighting. What I'm going through right now is my personal life. ... They say I've got a version of bipolar. I'm a manic depressive. I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself."
He says he was training in Holland this past May, but stopped when he became overwhelmed by depression. "From that day forward, I've never done any training," Fury admits. "I've been out drinking, Monday to Friday to Sunday, and taking cocaine. I can't deal with it, and the only thing that helps me is when I get drunk out of me mind."
Following the dirty drug test, Fury risks being stripped of his two world title belts. His record currently stands at 25-0, 18 KOs.