Editor’s view: Sad day for boxing as struggling Frank Bruno announces comeback plans at 54

Phil Jay 01/02/2016

Hatton Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno intends to return to the sport two decades after being knocked out by Mike Tyson for the second time in his career.

Now 54, Bruno told popular UK TV show This Morning in an interview on Monday that he’s in training to fight again following sessions with British great Ricky Hatton, who is now a respected coach.

“I’ve been in the gym all the time, that’s why I want to come back into boxing. I haven’t got a choice, I train every day,” said Bruno.

“I’m coming back into boxing to get this out of my system (illness) as I don’t want to end up in Broadmoor Hospital (mental health hospital).

“I can’t sit down and let these so-called promoters like Eddie Hearns saying Anthony Joshua can knock me out in two rounds when I’m not even dead. I’m alive!” he added.

Bruno has suffered long-term with mental issues including bipolar and depression, having been sectioned more than once in the past for odd behaviour. This latest news has not been greeted well by boxing fans and media alike, as more fears grow over Bruno’s state of mind.

At one time, Bruno was the nearly man of the top division on the back of numerous failed attempts to win the biggest prize in boxing. That all changed in September 1995 with victory over American Oliver McCall over the twelve round distance.

The Londoner defied the odds to claim the coveted WBC title in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Stadium and fulfilled a lifelong dream that to this day remains one of the greatest nights in British sports history.

Big question marks come with Bruno’s announcement though following an outcry from celebrities and people involved in boxing and it seems highly unlikely a license would be granted.