Whyte Keeping A Close Eye On Fury’s Investigation
One man’s tragedy could result in another’s moment of glory. That is what Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes when talking about boxing’s heavyweight division.
Recently, Tyson Fury has been put on notice after 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 and his brothers failed drug tests in 2015. The WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion has been quiet on the matter, while promotor Frank Warren has told Yahoo that these claims are not something to be taken seriusly.
“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.
Hearn, who promotes Whyte (27-1), told Sky Sports that things could be very interesting when it comes to the heavyweight title picture. If the investigation is valid, Whyte could end up being next in line for the WBC Title. “The Body Snatcher” was suspended by the WBC as the mandatory challenger at one point following a failed drug test performed by the UK Anti-Doping Agency. It was not the first time he was suspended before; Whyte was suspended in 2012 after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. He ended up returning to the ring in 2014.
UKAD then cleared Whyte before he was reinstated by the WBC. He won the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship against Oscar Rivas, and will be defending it against Alexander Povetkin on May 2. This is all depending on the coronavirus situation. Hearn believes Whyte can go from interim to official champion pretty easily.
“I’ll let them deal with that. If I’m Dillian Whyte right now, I’m looking at that situation, knowing that if there is an issue with Tyson Fury as world champion, I become the WBC heavyweight world champion, because right now, he was suspended while an investigation was taking place,” Hearn stated to Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.”
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. Coming out now, the concerns are real, as Fury has had other issues that have had to be dealt with in the past.
While the WBC will not be directly handling the investigation, it will still be monitored closely. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has hope that things will work out, according to Sky Sports.
“The WBC does not act on gossip or media postings, unless a formal claim is presented then The WBC can intervene on any matter, and I’m not referring specifically to this matter about Fury,” Sulaiman stated.
“As far as The WBC is concerned, Fury has passed countless tests in the past two years when he has been fighting under The WBC umbrella. My personal opinion is that I would question the credibility that such alleged witness has, as he came out and admitted getting money to tell lies! Tyson Fury is The WBC heavyweight champion and has absolute support from our organization.”