Tyson Fury has received the backing of WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman following allegations that the fighter attempted to dodge a drugs ban.
A report from the Mail on Sunday claims a Lancashire farmer was paid £25,000 to provide false statements that he had supplied contaminated meat to Fury and his cousin Hughie.
Fury and Hughie tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in 2015 but blamed the failed test on eating wild boar or contaminated supplements.
The Gypsy King eventually accepted a two-year backdated ban in a compromise between the fighter and UK Anti-Doping. However these new reports could potentially lead to the case being reopened.
Discussing the fresh allegations, Sulaiman stood firmly by Fury – adding that it should be the farmer making the claims facing scrutiny.
“Personally, I prefer to believe Tyson Fury ahead of someone who has already admitted to lying in legal documents for financial gain,” Sulaiman told The Sun.
“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.”
The WBC chief also put dismissed any concerns over Fury’s new heavyweight title.
“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.”
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has also dismissed the claims, telling the publication: “This man wrote me a letter last October, full of errors, asking for money.
“I told him to clear off and take it up with UK anti-doping, instead he has clearly sold his story to a newspaper instead.
“Tyson has never ever met this man and his story is total bulls***.”
Fury’s camp will be hoping to dismiss any of the claims sooner rather than later, as they prepare for a third and final showdown with Deontay Wilder and a much-anticipated mega fight with Anthony Joshua.
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