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Published: 08:51 | 5/10/16

Fury reveals depression battle


World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has revealed he has "lots of cocaine" over the past six months to help him deal with depression.

Fury has not fought since last November when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, with the 28-year-old twice pulling out of a scheduled rematch.

He had been due to face Klitschko in July only to suffer an ankle injury in training before he was declared medically unfit for the rematch at the Manchester Arena on October 29.

On Monday he took to Twitter to announce his retirement from the sport only to reverse the decision with a matter of hours, while it has been reported that he tested positive for cocaine. Indeed, he faces a UK Anti-Doping hearing in November after traces of a banned substance were allegedly found in a urine sample in June.

While he insists he has never taken any performance-enhancing substances, Fury has revealed that he has taken cocaine in recent months.

"Listen, I've done a lot of things in my life. I've done lots of cocaine. Lots of it," Fury said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"Why shouldn't I take cocaine? It's my life, isn't it? I can do what I want. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well."

He went on: "I've not been in a gym for months. I've not been training. I've been going through depression. I just don't want to live any more, if you know what I'm saying. I've had total enough of it.

"They've forced me to the breaking edge. Never mind cocaine. I just didn't care. I don't want to live any more. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live any more."

"I'm in a very bad place at the moment. I don't know whether I'm coming or going. I don't know what's going to happen to me. I don't know if I'm going to see the year out, to be honest.

"If I could take my own life - and I wasn't a Christian - I'd take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself."

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