Heavyweight Champ Tyson Fury Confesses To Struggling With Cocaine, Manic Depression

By David Konow 10/06/16

"All the money in the world, fame and glory, means nothing if you’re not happy. And I ain’t happy.”

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Heavyweight Champ Tyson Fury Confesses To Struggling With Cocaine, Manic Depression
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At 6 feet 9 inches, Tyson Fury is a towering and controversial figure in the world of boxing. The British powerhouse won the title of world heavyweight champion last November after beating Wladimir Klitschko, the undefeated boxing champ in an upset victory. (Klitschko had previously held the title for nine years.)

Since that victory, however, Fury has confessed to Rolling Stone that he’s been in a self-destructive spiral, using cocaine and drinking excessively, in what the magazine calls “one of the greatest collapses in modern sports history.”

The 28-year-old Manchester native openly admitted that he’s done “lots of cocaine. Why shouldn’t I take cocaine? It’s my life isn’t it? I can do what I want. What the fuck 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?”

At the time of his interview, Fury said he’d been sober for three days (“I stopped it all on the first of the month”) and that he’d been “going through a lot of personal demons, trying to shake them off.”

In addition to Fury’s drug and mental issues, he’s also come under fire for sexist and homophobic comments, and his erratic behavior could end up costing him his championship titles. (He’s already been stripped of his International Boxing Federation championship status due to contractual issues.)  

While Fury feels his current troubles with the boxing commissions have been “a witch hunt,” at the root of the boxer’s problems is manic depression. “I’m in a hospital at the moment,” he told Rolling Stone reporter Stayton Bonner. “I’m seeing psychiatrists. Everything. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive. All from what they’ve done to me ... I beat the best man but I'm still shit."

The boxer also known as the Gypsy King said, "All the money in the world, fame and glory, means nothing if you’re not happy. And I ain’t happy.”

Fury was supposed to rematch with Klitschko, but the fight has been delayed amid Fury's depression and chemical issues. “I’ve not been in the gym for months,” Tyson added. “I've been out drinking, anything to get me mind off what's been going on to me.”

While Rolling Stone was reporting this story, Fury’s wild mood swings were evident. At first, the boxer repeatedly stated that he was ready to quit boxing because it was ruining his life, and he spoke of suicide as well. "I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself," he said.

That same day, Fury tweeted that he wasn’t leaving the sport: “u think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I’m here to stay.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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