Please Do Not Brand Me Tyson - Bruno

By Johnson, Simon | Daily Mail (London), August 4, 2003 | Go to article overview

Please Do Not Brand Me Tyson - Bruno


Johnson, Simon, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: SIMON JOHNSON

FRANK BRUNO is furious at being branded 'the English Mike Tyson'. And yesterday he also denied claims that he has turned to drugs to combat depression.

On the day that Tyson filed for bankruptcy in a bid to resolve his financial problems, Bruno responded to recent lurid allegations about his private life.

Britain's former WBC world heavyweight champion checked into the Priory Clinic for treatment this summer following a painful and costly divorce from his wife Laura.

His decline has brought comparison with Tyson from people in the boxing world, because the American infamously went off the rails after splitting from Robin Givens.

But Bruno, who is planning a comeback to professional boxing, insists he has done nothing wrong and is a victim of jealousy.

He told Radio 5 Sportsweek: 'It's very sad what people are saying about me.

It's jealousy, power and money. They're trying to turn me into the English Mike Tyson, but I'm not the English Mike Tyson, I'm the English Frank Bruno I always was.

'If I go to the toilet, it's front page news. I don't think anybody's got a right to tape, bug, film, follow and terrorise someone like they've been terrorising me and I think it's about time people just back off and give me some breathing space. …

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