Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan believes that former world heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury faces a real fight as he bids to overcome manic depression. Fury vacated his WBO and WBA title earlier this week then had his licence suspend by the BBBoC the very next day due to an ongoing UKAD nandrolone doping investigation and claims that he tested positive for cocaine. Fury has refuted the UKAD’s claims, but has decided to take a step back from the sport in order to clear both his name and his mind.

McGuigan, though, fears that we may have seen the last of Fury in a boxing ring. “I’m just not sure that he is in love with boxing and in love with the training that you have to go through for a fight,” he said when speaking to the Belfast Telegraph.

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“It’s so physically demanding preparing for a big fight and you see him going into very long camps, it takes him about four months to be in shape to fight. It’s the thought of those physical demands that can bring you down, the discipline required of being in camp for that length of time.

“He’s so naturally talented but I am starting to wonder if we have seen the best of him. It’s going to be hard to get back to where he was and you wonder can he get himself up again? It’s a good thing that the British Board have suspended his licence because he needs time to get himself together. He’s clearly in a very bad place and I don’t know how long it takes to get back from that.”

However, the “Clones Cyclone” wants to see Fury back at some point for mega-fights against domestic rivals Anthony Joshua and David Haye. Haye is trained by McGuigan’s son, Shane, and the former world featherweight Champion believes that Fury would have to be at his best to beat either man.

He said: “Because of his vitriolic outbursts in the past he may not get a lot of sympathy for having to vacate his titles but I genuinely wish him well and I hope that he can get back because I want to see him in there facing Anthony Joshua and David Haye in two huge fights. I just hope he can come back fresh with his desire rekindled. He put in a great performance to beat Wladimir Klitschko but he’s going to have to be even better than that if he does come back if he is to beat Joshua or Haye.”

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