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Frank Bruno's comeback hopes dashed by British Boxing Board of Control

At age 54, with twenty years out of the ring, Frank Bruno was hoping to make his comeback to boxing -- but the British Boxing Board of Control stands in the way.

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Frank Bruno hasn't fought professional since getting knocked out by Mike Tyson in 1996. But despite being out of the sport for an entire generation, he's dead set on making a return to boxing -- at 54-years-old. Bruno admits that he suffers from bipolar disorder, but says that he uses boxing to cope with his condition.

"I feel like superman, I'm going to the gym all the time, working hard - that's why I've got to come into boxing ... to get this out of my system, because I don't want to end up in Broadmoor hospital." The former WBC heavyweight then repeated: "I'm coming back into boxing."

When asked if he really thinks that's a good idea, Bruno responded:

"I can't sit down and let these so-called promoters say (current British heavyweight champion) Anthony Joshua can knock me out in two rounds when I'm not even dead," Bruno said in the same interview.

But much to Bruno's dismay, he revealed in a tweet that the British Boxing Board of Control has already indicated that they will not grant him a license to fight if he were to apply for one.

Hopefully Bruno will be able to find another coping mechanism to deal with his condition, preferably one far less dangerous.

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