Investigation launched into stunning Tyson Fury doping allegations

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

The UK Anti-Doping agency is set to investigate allegations a farmer was offered money to lie to support a high-profile drug case involving World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Fury, and his cousin Hughie, tested positive to the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015 and blamed the result on eating uncastrated wild boar.

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At the time, in Fury’s Ukad defence a farmer claimed he sold them the meat.

But the farmer has now alleged he was offered £25,000 - by a friend who was familiar with 'Team Fury'- to claim he sold the meat to Fury, according to The Mail.

Tyson Fury entering the ring ahead of his fight with Deontay Wilder. (Getty Images)

Both fighters were given a backdated suspension and were able to return to the ring in December 2017.

If Ukad find Lancashire-based farmer Martin Carefoot’s allegations to be credible, Fury would be facing an eight-year suspension.

Fury’s promoter denies allegations

However, his promoter Frank Warren has rubbished the claims.

"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,” Warren told the BBC.

"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.

"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.”

Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder's WBC and Fury's lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ukad released a statement claiming they would review any new evidence in the case.

“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,” a Ukad statement read.

Fresh from his victory over Deontay Wilder, Fury ignored the drama and posted a photo to Instagram in a batman outfit.