It’s been another week where Tyson Fury has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The World Heavyweight champion temporarily announced his retirement from boxing on Monday before announcing later in the week that he had tested positive for cocaine.
The 28-year-old had been set for a rematch with Ukrainian Wladamir Klitschko, but pulled out after being declared medically unfit.
This led Fury to tweet that he had retired from the sport, saying: “Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part it”, only to retract the claim just three hours later, again via Twitter, this time saying: “You think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I’m here to say.”
Fury then told Rolling Stone magazine that he had been taking cocaine to help deal with depression; a claim the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) will discuss when they meet on October 12.
Despite the fact that Fury could face a ban from boxing, his uncle and trainer Peter Fury says he expects to see Fury back in the ring, saying in an interview, per BBC Sport: “I see him being back in the gym in March or April. He’ll resume his career.”
In the same interview he said that Fury, who beat Klitschko in Dusseldorf last November to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, was being treated for a form of manic depression. “He has everything to live for but it seems he is on a self-destruct mission,” he added. “I don’t think he has got a drug addiction at all. Whatever he has taken will be a result of the depression.”
There is the possibility that Fury can be declared “Champion in recess”, which means that fighters can challenge for Fury’s belts, but will have to fight Fury when he is fit to fight.
Klitschko, who was set to fight Fury before the end of October, looks likely to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent after promoter Eddie Hearn said the fight could be announced this week.