Tyson Fury has admitted taking cocaine, claiming he has been pushed “to the brink of death”.
Fury tested positive for cocaine 24 hours before he withdrew a second time from his world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko because of mental health issues.
The WBA Super and WBO champ, who faces being stripped of his belts, admitted taking the drug, but insisted it was no-one else’s business.
Fury, 28, told Rolling Stone magazine: “Listen, 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 f**k 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.”
Fury, who claimed he was retiring on Monday only to say later it was a joke, says he is at a breaking point because of his battle with depression.
“I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying,” said the Traveller. “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.
“I don’t see a way out, I don’t even see a way of living for me, I don’t want to live anymore. It has brought me to the brink of, of death, that’s where I’m at at the moment.
“To be honest, I’ve not been in the gym for months. I’ve been AWOL. I’ve been out drinking, anything to get my mind off what’s been going on to me.
“I’m as fat as pig. I’m 285 pounds, 290 pounds. It is what it is. I’ve been out. I’ve been an emotional wreck.”