Promoter Mark Boyd Steps Down From World’s Ultimate Strongman

Former World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) Co-Owner, Mark Boyd, is no longer affiliated with the organization. On May 27, 2022, Boyd and Core Sports — the parent company of WUS — released separate statements, both of which confirm Boyd’s removal from the organization(s). At the time of this writing, it is unknown whether Boyd’s ownership stake has been divested.

The news comes four days after Boyd released an audio recording of Luke Stoltman, wherein he says he was on a retainer to compete for Giants Live shows. Boyd claimed that the recording was proof of "corruption" within Giants Live, the company that IMG contracts to produce World’s Strongest Man.

Since the clip was released, Stoltman issued a response, and the audio has been removed from Boyd’s Instagram account.


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Boyd’s initial post sparked a significant reaction from the strongman community — including 644 comments on the post itself (prior to deletion) and a Reddit thread with 1,153 comments and counting as of 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 28.

Based on Instagram stories that have since been deleted (see below), Boyd says he didn’t record the audio. BarBend reached out to Boyd but has yet to receive a comment. It’s not clear how Boyd acquired this recording.