Frank Bruno has announced a return to boxing in an open and honest interview with This Morning.
The 54-year-old former world heavyweight champion made the revelation during a discussion about his battle with depression.
Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003 after he was taken from his Essex home under the Mental Health Act.
When presenter Phillip Schofield asked Bruno if his comeback was a good idea, Bruno replied: “I haven’t got a choice. I train everyday. I get so-called boxing promoters saying that Anthony Joshua can knock me out in two rounds. I’m not even dead.”
Bruno also spoke about his concerns over medication, saying that he thinks mental illness shouldn’t be treated with drugs.
“Now they’re just filling up people with drugs and making them like zombies, like the Michael Jackson video coming out of the grave,” Bruno insisted. “It’s wrong what they’re doing.
“They government are the biggest drug dealers in the world and it’s crooked.”
Bruno said that the only way to control his mood is to focus his energy in the gym. He also criticised the NHS and government’s handling of his illness.
“The aftercare was rubbish. If they’re treating me like that, what about the other people they’re treating?”
This Morning viewers were quick to voice concerns about Bruno’s well-being on social media.
Frank Bruno is 54 and he certainly should not be going back i the ring but I fear if someone can make money out of it they will exploit it
— Martin O'Neill (@DrNostromo) February 1, 2016
Back in the day me & my Dad watched all Frank Bruno's fights, we loved him. Hearing he's planning on fighting again makes me sad. ?
— Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) February 1, 2016
For the love of God, please do NOT allow Frank Bruno a #boxing licence. Stay retired Frank. Ignore the nonsense from money-hungry promoters.
— Ravi Mal (@ravi_mal) February 1, 2016
Bruno won 40 of his 45 bouts, with 38 of his victories ending in a knockout. At the height of his powers he won the WBC heavyweight title in 1995 by beating American fighter Oliver McCall in a clash at Wembley Stadium.
He last fought in 1996. In his first defence as champion, he was beaten in three rounds by Mike Tyson. Bruno suffered a severe eye injury and was advised not to fight again. He didn’t mention his eye injury on This Morning.