Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has revealed that he has been sectioned twice in the last 18 months as the British fighter struggles to cope with mental issues.
The 52 year-old, who captured the sports biggest prize in 1995 when beating Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium, was famously admitted to a mental hospital in 2003 and has been dealing with symptoms in his day-to-day life ever since.
Speaking as part of a video supporting Liberal Democrat politician Norman Lamb, Bruno also made the startling admission that he has been mistreated in the past when receiving professional help.
“My name is Frank Bruno and I’m talking from experience of being sectioned about three times, two times in the last 18 months,” said Bruno.
“I’m just a nobody really, I’m just a human being. Yesterday I used to do boxing and I used to be a celebrity, but I’m talking to you as a human being from experience.
“I met Norman Lamb and he’s changed a lot of different things for mental health people. He’s very concerned … very, very passionate. I hoped the Lib-Dems do very, very well, so Mr Lamb can stay in his job.”
Bruno has been largely out of the public eye since retiring from the sport soon after his defining night against McCall, but has always tried to raise awareness for the illness that he has suffered from for a large portion of his life.