Britain’s world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been drinking and using cocaine to help him deal with depression, he tells Rolling Stone magazine.
Fury says: “I’ve been out
drinking, Monday to Friday to Sunday, and taking cocaine.
“I can’t deal with it [depression] and the only thing that helps me is when I get drunk out of me mind.
“I’ve done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. Why shouldn’t I take cocaine? It’s my life, isn’t it? I can do what I want … that ain’t a performance-enhancing drug.
“I never took other drugs, ever, in me life.
“I only started to take cocaine in the last few months.”
ESPN reported last week that the 28-year-old had tested positive for cocaine, citing a leaked letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
Asked by Rolling Stone if he was clean when he was fighting, Fury says: “No drugs at all, no drugs at all. I have never ever taken a drug to help me boxing in my life. Never took a
performance-enhancing drug ever.”
Earlier this year, Fury was charged with a doping offence by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample from February 2015 – nine months before he beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA and WBO world titles — showed traces of the banned stimulant nandrolone.
He concludes: “If I tested positive in February 2015 for drugs why let me fight the long reigning champion and leave him of all his belts in November? Why not strip me in February?”