Sep 27, 2016

    Fury getting medical help after pulling out of title fights


    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.

    "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," said Peter Fury.

    Tyson 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.

    He has faced other problems, as well. Earlier this year, the boxer was charged with a doping offence by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample allegedly showed traces of the banned stimulant nandrolone.

    Fury insisted he is innocent and is suing Britain's anti-doping and boxing authorities.

    Peter Fury said: "He's at an all time low. I think he's always been a little up and down in the past, a bit volatile, always has been, but never like this."

    However, Peter Fury said he expects his nephew to be back in the ring.

    "100 per cent (he will be back)," he said. "I don't think it is anything severe in terms of long-term effects but he needs a bit of time out to take the pressure off, needs some medical assistance, and I think he'll be OK."