Tyson Fury is “almost at breaking point” and receiving professional help, his uncle said in an interview days after the world champion was declared medically unfit to defend his WBA and WBO heavyweight crowns against Wladamir Klitschko.
Peter Fury, who is also the boxer’s trainer, blamed a “witch hunt” for his condition, complaining that sustained criticism has “done a lot of damage” to the 28-year-old.
Fury had been originally due to defend his titles against Klitschko in July but pulled out with an ankle injury. The fight was rescheduled for next month but is now on hold again following last week’s surprise cancellation, which was blamed on an unspecified medical condition.
“He is seeking help and there will be a statement issued, probably on Tuesday,” Peter Fury said in an interview with iFL TV.
“When he won the world title he said to me: ‘I came back, I picked up the paper, I expected to be celebrated.’ Straight away, he said, the hate campaign started.
“He was complaining about it a lot but said: ‘OK, we’ve got to accept it, I’ve won the world title and this is how I’m treated. On many occasions he’s asked: ‘What’s it for? Because if I’m not being credited for the work I’ve done and what I’ve achieved, why am I bothering’?”
Fury, who has spoken about suffering from depression, is a controversial figure, whose conservative views, particularly on gay rights and abortion, have been heavily criticised.