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Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

Recently crowned Heavyweight British boxing champion Tyson Fury finds himself fighting the world in a ring of heated statements made by him.

Two years before Fury was telling an interviewer before his first fight at Madison Square Garden that he would “hang” his own sister if she was promiscuous.

While In March that year, he was fined £3,000 for calling fellow fighters David Price and Tony Bellew “gay lovers”. In September, he was publicly appealing for the releasing his father from prison, “Gypsy” John Fury, who was serving nine years for gouging a man’s eye out during a street fight.

In an unexpected turn of events, Klitschko, who has held the heavyweight, titles since 2009, experienced his first loss in the hands of Fury.

However, over 82,000 people have now signed a petition suggesting Fury’s views on homosexuality should disqualify him from the BBC award.

Nevertheless, to be fair, he was encouraging on the subject of female boxers, applauding their choice to enter the sport, before adding oddly: “I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back. That’s my personal belief. Making me a good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.”

Fury explained, that being a gypsy, “People have got to understand that our lifestyle is totally, totally different,” he has said. In Fury’s version of life, women have “no rights” (“In our culture it is all about the men, the men can do everything, and women just clean and cook and have children and look after that man”).