Tyson Fury is trained by his uncle, Peter
Tyson Fury’s use of cocaine was as a result of his depression, the world heavyweight champion’s trainer has claimed.
Fury’s scheduled rematch against Wladimir Klitschko has been twice postponed after he won the WBA and WBO titles 11 months ago.
The 28-year-old tested positive for cocaine last month and support is now being given to Fury, who is the subject of a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on Wednesday where it will discuss withdrawing his licence.
Peter Fury, the 28-year-old’s trainer and uncle, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek: "Personally I don’t believe he’s had drug issues going back over six months.
"If he’s done something it’s been recent. I don’t think he’s got a drug addiction at all.
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"Whatever he’s taken will be a result of the depression. The way he’s been received since he won the world title, to him, in his mind, he wasn’t recognised in anywhere near the way he should have been.
"It’s a combination of all of this that put him into depression.
"He just wants some space totally away from boxing, which is understandable."
Peter said he and promoter Mick Hennessy asked the boxer about his positive test for cocaine and that Fury denied using the recreational drug.
Then Fury spoke to Rolling Stone magazine at length about his troubles, his cocaine use and his desire to commit suicide.
But Peter is uncertain what to believe, as he is convinced some of the interview was untrue.
"There were things in the interview which were not correct," Peter added.
"He said in his interview that he hadn’t been training at all, he hadn’t done any training for five months, well that’s totally untrue."
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Fury had been training at his boxing gym in Bolton, Lancashire and at a local members’ sports club, as well as with a strength and conditioning coach, Peter said.
"Just how much is the truth? Your guess is as good as mine," he added.
Peter had questioned Fury’s attitude in training and said it was causing "friction".
"It’s almost like he was an empty shell in the gym," he said.
Peter reckons his nephew will return to the ring in 2017, but the boxing authorities have decisions to make in the interim.