A MAN descending into a personal Hell.
Spiralling relentlessly, in freefall. No longer in control. Painful to see. Painful to hear.
Forget the bragging about his drug habit, that he has taken “lots of cocaine”.
Tyson Fury is someone who has lost any modicum of self-respect.
A few months ago, the Gypsy King of the World, the unlikely hero from Manchester who had wrenched the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from the seemingly unbeatable Wladimir Klitschko.
Surely, now, a former heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
In the grip of a mental health issue that, even for his sternest critics, requires sympathy. In a harrowing interview to Rolling Stone, he revealed: “I’m a manic depressive. I just hope someone kills me before I kill myself.
“I am seeking help but they can’t do nothing for me.
“I’ve been pushed to the brink. I can’t take no more. I’m in a hospital at the moment. I’m seeing psychiatrists. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive. All from what they’ve done to me. All this s**t through boxing, through taking titles, through writing me off.
“If I could take my own life, and I wasn’t a Christian, I’d take it in a second. I hope someone kills me before I kill myself or I’ll have to spend eternity in hell.
“And that’s it. I hate boxing now. I wouldn’t even go across the road to watch a world title fight.
“That’s what its done to me. I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day. And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife, isn’t it? But I don’t want to live any more.
“What I’ve got is incurable. All the money in the world, fame and glory, means nothing if you’re not happy. And I ain’t happy. I’m very far from it.”
That is abundantly clear from every sentence that fell from Fury’s lips as he spoke to Rolling Stone magazine.
On Monday, his ‘retirement’ tweets, followed three hours later by a retraction, saw Fury, 28, branded as an “embarrassment to sport”.
Last night, however, the truth of the 6ft 9in giant’s plight was inescapable.
Fury, who has made courting controversy his stock-in-trade with a series of incendiary comments, including rants against homosexuality and abortion, is now the self-perceived victim.
The victim of the boxing authorities. The victim of devious drug testers, out to get him. The victim of society.
Fury added: “It has been a witch hunt ever since I won that world title because of my background, because of who I am and what I do.