Tyson Fury won’t lose world title even if he is banned for eight years

Tyson Fury will not lose his world title even if he is slapped with an eight-year ban.

The heavyweight champion is set to be investigated by UK Anti-Doping for a second time over a failed drugs test after a farmer alleged the fighter's explanation was a lie.

Fury, and his fighting cousin Hughie, claimed they tested positive for high levels nandrolone in 2015 because they regularly ate castrated boar meat.

But Lancashire-based farmer Martin Carefoot now alleges he was asked to lie about providing the fighters with that meat in exchange for £25,000 he never received.

If found guilty of tampering with the original investigation – which resulted in a backdated two-year ban – the Furys could be suspended for eight years.

Since returning to the sport, Fury has fought six times, culminating in his stunning seventh-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder last month to become champion again.

And WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has backed the fighter to emerge unscathed.

"Personally, I prefer to believe Tyson Fury ahead of someone who has already admitted to lying in legal documents for financial gain," he 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.

"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."

Even if Fury is banned, he may still be able to fight outside of the UK where he has not fought since 2018.

That would mean his rematch with Deontay Wilder could go ahead as planned in Las Vegas in July while his undisputed clash with Anthony Joshua could still be held in Saudi Arabia in December.

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