The 28 year-old, who boasts an undefeated record and currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBO titles, has been causing concern with his erratic behaviour following weeks of bad publicity.
Fury has cancelled his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time and tested positive for cocaine, leaving his career in tatters amidst fears for his mental state.
In an article published in Rolling Stone Magazine on Tuesday, Fury has cited a torrent of racial abuse as a contributing factor, but more worryingly, has revealed some painful suicidal thoughts.
“It’s been a witch hunt ever since I won that world title. Ever since I got a bit of fame for doing good there’s been a witch hunt on me because of my background, because of who I am and what I do, there’s hatred for Travelers and gypsies around the world. Especially in the United Kingdom. Especially with the British Boxing Board of Control and some of the sanctioning bodies of the world titles,” Fury told Rolling Stone.
“I had to fight one of the best champions in history. No one give me a prayer. I finally prevailed over the guy, beat him, and I get treated like shit. Within a week, the IBF, the International Boxing Federation, stole my belt and give it to somebody else, knowing full well that I couldn’t defend it in a week because I had a rematch set with Klitschko. That was the first bit of corruption involved with boxing.
From then on, it’s been nothing more than a witch hunt. From then on, they’ve tried to get me chucked out of boxing because they cannot tame me, they cannot hire me, I’m not for sale, no one can turn a key in my back, no one can do nothing to stop me.”
On the cocaine use, Fury went a lot further than just admitting his guilt.
“So now they’re saying I took some cocaine and whatever. Listen if I had some smack I’d take it. If I had heroin I’d take that, never mind cocaine, for what they’ve done to me. It’s a travesty what they’ve done. I want to expose them for what they are. The British Boxing Board of Controls is in on it too. They’re all in it together. The drug testing companies are in on it as well. 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?
“I’ve done a lot of things in my life. 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. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. What the fuck has that got to do with anything? That ain’t a performance enhancing drug. Am I not allowed to have a life now as well? Do they want to take my personal life off me too?
“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 anymore, 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 anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore.
Have you taken any other drugs than cocaine?
“I never took other drugs, ever, in me life. I only started to take cocaine in the last few months,” he added.