IN a worrying interview Tyson Fury has revealed some of the problems that are afflicting the world heavyweight champion.
He has spoken of darkly of his troubles and said that even contemplated suicide but there at least indications that he is getting the specialist help he needs.
Tyson told Rolling Stone, “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.”
Drug taking has exacerbated his problems. He could not stay in training camp or maintain his physical condition. “I get drunk out of me mind and that’s it. I don’t tell lies, I’ve no need to tell lies. I’ve taken drugs, cocaine, on many many occasions for the last six months. Not to enhance my performance – cause I’ve not been performing,” he said. “They’ve got what they wanted. That’s it. I’m as fat as a pig. I’m 285 pounds, 290 pounds. It is what it is. I’ve been out. I’ve been an emotional wreck. I’ve been on a mission. I’ve been out trying to handle me life.”
He does feel he is being hounded out of the sport, experiencing discrimination as one of the most high profile Travellers in the country. “I come from a Travelling background, and we suffer the biggest racism and discrimination in the country. It’s going on today in 2016,” he said. “Man, I’ve been refused in restaurants because I’m a Traveller. I’m the heavyweight champion of the world and I’ve been to restaurants and been told, ‘Sorry mate you can’t come in. No Travellers allowed.’”
Winning the world heavyweight championship and having lucrative title fights ahead of him hasn’t solved his problems. “I was a lot happier when I wasn’t the world champion because people wasn’t giving me as much shit. People wasn’t wanting me to do all these bad things so much,”he said. “Listen I’ve been pushed to the brink. I can’t take no more. I’m in a hospital at the moment. I’m seeing psychiatrists. Everything. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive.”