Friday 20 September 2019

'No evidence Tyson Fury is bi-polar'

Tyson Fury has admitted he "goes fishing for bites" and his outlandish acts are simply to promote the fight and entertain people

Eccentric: Tyson Fury enjoys playing up to the crowd
Eccentric: Tyson Fury enjoys playing up to the crowd

Gareth A Davies

Wladimir Klitschko accused Tyson Fury of being bipolar ahead of their heavyweight world title showdown in 11 days' time but the head of the British Boxing Board has told The Telegraph that there are no grounds for the Ukrainian to make a medical assessment on the challenger's state of mind.

In a candid face-to-face interview on Sky Sports, Klitschko said Fury's mood swings, actions and words made him believe that the British fighter is bi-polar, a mental disorder characterised by periods of elevated moods and deep depression.

"I may be a bit bipolar, I don't know," replied Fury, unbothered by the comment, the boxer having told The Telegraph that his outlandish comments are designed "to entertain" and that it is "banter, fun and games". Fury, unbeaten in 24 contests over seven years, added that he often "plays up to the character" people want him to be.

"We have had people in the past where we have had to get psychiatric reports," Robert Smith, secretary of the Boxing Board said. "But that is exceptionally rare. But we have not had to do that for Tyson Fury at all. He has passed all his medicals. He is an eccentric, I suppose, if that is the word. But we have not had any concerns with regards to that.

"I'd like to see what medical evidence they have before they can say that (about Fury)."

Fury is renowned for his outlandish acts and pronouncements, such as turning up at a press conference dressed as Batman, and in a recent interview he gave strident views against homosexuality and abortion and accused his opponent Klitschko of being a devil-worshipper.

"We have never considered it (Fury's mental state)," added Smith. "If we had concerns about anybody, we would take the appropriate action, whatever that action would be.

"Fury is not the first person who has spoken as he does. Other people have in the past, and we do not have an issue with regard to that. It's just talk.

"The fight is taking place in Germany so it is nothing to do with us. We are looking after Tyson Fury. We will supply the authorisation and the medical details for Fury to take part (in the heavyweight title fight) and we will leave the German Boxing Board to deal with Mr Klitschko. Look, people say stupid things, and they have in the past in many sports and many walks of life."

Smith and the Board may have taken further action on Klitschko's comments, however, if the fight were to have taken place in the UK, falling under their jurisdiction.

"We might have taken some kind of action. But what evidence does Klitschko have? It's all well and good talking, but people need to supply evidence. A lot of people think he (Fury) is strange but that is their opinion. If it was taking place in Britain we would deal with it appropriately as we needed to.

Fury, meanwhile, has admitted to The Telegraph that he "goes fishing for bites" and his outlandish acts are to promote the fight and entertain people.

Fury's off-the-wall rants, especially on Twitter, have been legion. "Sometimes I just play up to the character people want me to be. There's nothing someone could say to me on Twitter that would really affect me and get me raging. It's all banter and fun and games.

"Sometimes I go fishing for bites as well. I say daft stuff to get a reaction. I believe it's me against the world. If I was a normal person, this wouldn't happen. It's because I'm singled out that I get s*** (on Twitter).

'Fighting was something I was brought up around'

"All boxers are very well known if they're good. I'm not interested in any of the fame, though. I only do it because I have to do it. It's not something I relish or look forward to. It's just part of the job for me. It's part and parcel of being a 'famous' boxer.

"There is that showman side of me as well that thinks these people are here to be entertained. It's not just about boxing. It's more than that sometimes. It can be about putting on a display, a show."

Fury fights for the world heavyweight crown against Klitschko in Dusseldorf on Nov 28.

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