Coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career against Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury has somehow been involved in a controversy stemming from his past.
In an exclusive from Daily Mail, Lancashire farmer Martin Carefoot came forward and stated that a member of Fury’s team offered a bribery sum of £25,000 ($31,000) to lie about Fury’s failed drug tests in 2015.
Tyson and his brother Hughie tested positive for metabolites of nandrolone in 2015 prior to the both of them fighting. The AP was the first to report it all those years back. They ended up receiving a backdated two-year doping ban that they blamed on un-castrated wild boar meat, apparently provided by Carefoot.
“Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one,” Tyson Fury stated via his promotor to the AP after he was free, “and we’re now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD and that we can move forward knowing that we’ll not be labelled drug cheats.
“I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me.”
The farmer then signed witness statements saying he was the one who made their tests become what they were. Now, he is retracting the statement.
‘I just went along with it, and they always dangled this carrot that I was going to get paid,” Carefoot stated. “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.’
The reason for Carefoot coming out now? He apparently was not paid the sum he was owed after lying about the boars. The two witness statements he signed did not end up giving him much to write home about.
The United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency stated the following in regards to the allegations:
“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.”
During this time, Fury was meant to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch for the lineal titles. He also tested positive for cocaine, along with the prior and his depression, Fury was stripped of the WBA, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Titles. It started a downward spiral that saw him finally recover in 2018. He won two bouts against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before drawing with Deontay Wilder in their first bout. After a TKO win against Tom Schwarz and a battle against Otto Walin, Fury beat Wilder via TKO after only seven rounds.
As far as what the future holds for Fury, Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren doesn’t think this will lead to anything.
“These allegations are totally unfounded and libelous. You are dealing with a man (Carefoot) who is an admitted liar…We’ll leave this with UKAD to look into and don’t expect it to go any further,” Warren stated via Yahoo.