WBO and WBA Champion Tyson Fury was scheduled to fight Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko on October 29 at Manchester Arena, but on September 23, he pulled out of the fight stating no initial reasons for the withdrawal.
Although the Brit’s camp revealed that he wasn’t mentally fit to fight, Fury was tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a central compound found in cocaine with the boxer later admitting to have taken the substance.
However, Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury has come out in support of his beleaguered nephew to rectify his ways in the coming days.
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He also vented his anger towards the ‘so-called’ friends of the Heavyweight Champion who has been the main reason for pushing Fury in the wrong path.
The Sun quoted senior Fury saying:”I don’t know who Tyson socialises with. But I want to know who was there from the beginning.
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“If anybody has been with my nephew and they have been doing things, helping him along, getting him drunk every night and sniffing cocaine – as he claims – then they need to look at themselves in the mirror.”
The 48-year-old looked visibly vexed with the turn of events relating to the British champion.
He continued: “These people need to say ‘I am no friend of Tyson Fury. What I am is a complete t****r’. They are helping a world champion to destruct himself when he is not well."
Fury disclosed his issues with depression and his suicidal tendencies in recent weeks, whilst Peter, on the other hand, blamed his confidants for guiding him wrongly, inflicting harm to Fury himself.
“In the mood I am in now, if anybody comes near who has been doing that, then they won’t get off the car park. I am not amused with anybody who has assisted him to do stupid things like that.
“If somebody has Tyson’s interest at heart, then they would never be in his company and let him do that, would they?”
He concluded by saying that those people are not the true friends Fury should be in contact with further in the future.
“The bottom line is that he has no friends. He has only his family who has helped him from day one to get to where he is.”
The 28-year-old faces the prospect of losing both his titles should the authorities decide to ban him for a lengthy period of time.
Only time will tell at what extent Fury is barred from the game, but he undoubtedly should focus on sorting out his mental illness before deciding to come back to the ring.