UK Anti-Doping are poised to open a new investigation into Tyson Fury and his cousin Hughie Fury after explosive allegations that a member of their team offered a farmer £25,000 to lie about how they each failed a drugs test in 2015.
While the national doping watchdog is remaining tight-lipped, Sportsmail understands they are set to act on the extraordinary new information brought to light by the Mail on Sunday.
If the Furys are found guilty of a potential new charge of tampering with the initial investigation – which led to backdated two-year bans for the Furys in 2017 for their nandrolone positives – then they would each be facing possible eight-year suspensions for a second offence.
UK Anti-Doping are poised to open a new investigation into Tyson Fury and cousin Hughie Fury
Fury’s boxing future is in jeopardy after fresh allegations were made against the heavyweight
It comes after the startling claims of Lancashire farmer Martin Carefoot, who says he lied when he submitted two written statements to the Furys’ legal team in 2017 to say he had supplied the fighters with uncastrated wild boar. The defence blamed the presence of nadrolone metabolites on the ‘ingestion of offal of uncastrated wild boar or pig, or alternatively from contaminated supplements’.
Carefoot has heaped huge uncertainty over the fighters by retracting the contents of his statements, copies of which have seen by Sportsmail. They are marked ‘before the National Anti-Doping Panel between UK Anti-Doping v Tyson Luke Fury and Hughie Lewis Fury’, and their possible use in the Furys’ defence will be of particular relevance to any new UKAD inquiry.
The Furys have not yet addressed the allegations, which include a claim from Carefoot that he was promised £25,000 from a member of their entourage, via a friend, for his complicity. The identity of the entourage member is known to Sportsmail.
Fury posted a cryptic social media message in which he and an acquaintance were dressed as Batman and Robin, with the words: ‘We was doing a half marathon today but got cancel for ovs [sic] reasons, but we gonna do a half marathon at home, Batman & robin. @kristianblacklock @toprank @wbcboxing @mtkglobal @frank_warren_official don’t fear we coming……..’
Martin Carefoot claims Team Fury offered him £25,000 to provide false evidence to UKAD
The farmer from Preston told the governing body he had provided Fury with the meat product
Fury and his cousin both failed their respective drugs tests in February 2015 and after charges were brought in June 2016, it was not until December 2017 that the matter with UKAD was resolved, with a deal that saw them handed two-year bans, backdated to December 2015.
After battles with mental health, alcohol and recreational drugs, which contributed to Fury being stripped of the world titles he won against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, he has since returned to the heavyweight pinnacle after beating Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt last month.
These latest claims from Carefoot have therefore sent a shockwave through the sport.
Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren strongly hit back at the farmer, saying in a statement: ‘The farmer making these outrageous allegations sent me a letter last October, full of errors and basically telling me he had committed perjury by signing statements under oath and lying. When I called him, he asked for money. I told him to clear off and get in contact with UKAD. He chose not to speak to UKAD but instead speak to a newspaper.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has hit back at the claims revealed by the Mail on Sunday
‘How anybody can take this man seriously is beyond belief. Tyson has never met this man in his life. What a load of rubbish. We’ll leave this with UKAD to look into and don’t expect it to go any further.
‘It looks like while the football season has been paused, there’s nothing to write about and silly season has instead commenced.’
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman gave Fury his back in bizarre comments to The Sun. He said: ‘Personally, I prefer to believe Tyson Fury ahead of someone who has already admitted to lying in legal documents for financial gain.
‘The person who has claimed he accepted money to lie should be the one on trial, in my personal opinion, especially when he has waited five years to tell his story.
Robert Smith, the secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, plans to raise the developments with UKAD next week
‘Secondly, around this time Tyson was not involved with the WBC, he did not fight Klitschko for the WBC belt, it was for other titles, so this issue does not impact on him being our heavyweight world champion.’
Robert Smith, the secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, will raise the developments with UKAD. He told Sportsmail: ‘I was made aware of it this morning. I will be discussing it when I meet with UKAD next week.’
MTK Global, who represent Tyson and Hughie Fury, have not responded to a request for comment.
The story was met with outrage among some of Tyson Fury’s followers on social media. Some have vented their anger at Carefoot. Lancashire Police are aware of the situation with regards to Carefoot, who lives on a farm near Preston, and say they are monitoring the matter.
Source: dailymail US