Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Boxing champion Tyson Fury faces bribery allegations in doping case

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New WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury could face another battle even before his scheduled third fight against Deontay Wilder this year, only that it would be set at a legal proceeding rather than inside the boxing ring.

The Gypsy King is reportedly being investigated by the UK Anti-Doping for allegedly bribing a farmer to be his defense witness after he tested positive for nandrolone in 2015.

Martin Carefoot, the said farmer, claimed that Fury and his cousin Hughie offered him 25,000 pounds to back up their defense alibi that pinned an eaten wild boar – allegedly provided by Carefoot – as the source of the apparent unauthorized substance.

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“I have never kept wild boar. I have never killed a wild boar,” the farmer said per the Daily Mail. “I just went along with it, and they always dangled this carrot that I was going to get paid. 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.”

Carefoot also revealed the Furys never paid him the stated amount as promised.

The British champ’s promoter Frank Warren refuted the assertion, insisting that the claims of the farmer are “a load of rubbish.” Although he was not on the side of Fury at the time of the reported incident, he believes the 31-year-old hefty slugger is innocent of the accusation.

“Back then, I was not promoting Tyson. These allegations are totally unfounded and libelous. You are dealing with a man [Carefoot] who is an admitted liar,” Warren said. “Did Tyson ever have a conversation with this man? Which supposed member of Fury’s team did have a conversation with this man? You are relying on the word of a liar. Did he lie back then or is he lying now? This is a man who was willing to commit perjury.”

“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,” he added.

“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.”

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If proven guilty, Fury could face an eight-year ban, according to a report.

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