Tyson Fury’s boxing career is thought to be in jeopardy tonight after an explosive set of allegations about a failed drugs test in 2015.
The Daily Mail cite claims from a farmer who says he gave false evidence to UK Anti-Doping on behalf of the Gypsy King, the new WBC heavyweight champion having blamed his charge nearly five years ago on eating uncastrated wild boar.
Fury has always denied any wrongdoing over the case and maintains he has never used any illicit substances to enhance his performance in the ring.
Martin Carefoot, the man in question, claims he was told to lie about supplying the boar to the Fury family in return for £25,000, a fee he never received.
A UKAD statement to the same newspaper, in light of this evidence, reads: “We will always review any potential evidence in relation to any anti-doping offence, and take investigatory action where necessary.
“If anyone has information that could be of interest to UKAD and its investigations on any matter, we urge them to contact us.”
Fury, as well as his cousin Hughie, tested positive for metabolites of nandrolone in February 2015 after both fighting that month. However, no charges followed until June 2016, months after he had defeated Wladimir Klitschko.
He later received a second charge for refusing to take a test on September 7, 2016.
Each carried a possible penalty of a four-year ban, but delays in the process made the charges difficult to implement properly and Fury was ultimately given a backdated two-year suspension.
If UKAD believe the outcome of their initial investigation was based on wrong information – Carefoot now alleges that he has never kept wild boar – then it is likely they will look into the matter again.
“I just went along with it, and they always dangled this carrot that I was going to get paid,” Carefoot said.
“When things got quite serious, they offered me a sum of money before it went to court in London, and a sum of money after. I went along with them because, I suppose, in my own way I was just helping them out.”
It should be stressed these claims are just that at this stage – claims – but these developments will come as a devastating blow to the Fury camp, just weeks after he returned to the very pinnacle of boxing with one of the all-time great heavyweight displays against Deontay Wilder in Vegas.
Promoter Frank Warren, who was not linked to Fury at the time, has vehemently denied the accusations.
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