Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has admitted he has taken 'lots of cocaine', and was on the brink of death earlier this year, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Irish fighter tested positive for cocaine just 24 hours before he pulled out of a second rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, citing mental health issues for the reason behind the decision.
Fury has now admitted to taking the class A drug, but has insisted that it's no one else's business but his own.
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Speaking to the music magazine Rolling Stone, he revealed: "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?"
Fury also defended his decisions to take the drug, and claims that it has no impact on his performance in the ring: "I can do what I want.
"Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. That ain't a performance-enhancing drug."
The WBA Unified Champion claimed on Monday that he was retiring from boxing, only to claim later on that it was a joke.
But when asked if he's in any shape to defend his titles, Fury pulled no punches: "To be honest, I've not been in the gym for months. I've been AWOL.
"I've been out drinking, anything to get my mind off what's been going on to me.
"I'm as fat as pig. I'm 285 pounds, 290 pounds. It is what it is. I've been out."
Fans of Fury will not be surprised by the brutally honest nature of the champion, and it's commendable that he's not hiding behind any excuses when it comes to himself and his performance.
However, whether he will be allowed to keep hold of his titles after these revelations is yet to be seen, especially if he is in no fit shape to fight until 2017.
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