Wladimir Klitscho’s conqueror, Tyson Fury had a line of controversies happening to his life right after beating the 9-year boxing heavyweight champion.
During the BBC Sports Personality Awards, Fury drew a crowd – the wrong kind that is – who are angry at him for lashing out comments on homosexuality.
Though sports personalities are used to these kinds of accusations, Fury can’t help the fact that the protesters were led by the Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister. The protesters can be heard shouting, “Anti-woman, anti-gay, Tyson Fury go away” and “Tyson Fury, hear us clear, we don’t want your bigotry here.”
Fury was to be recognized – who was a late addition because of his recent victory with Klitscho – as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
The nomination angered the LGBT community and 135,000 people signed the petition for BBC to remove the boxer from the list because of his homophobic and sexist comments, including saying that a woman’s “best place is on her back”.
When he got the chance, Fury told in an interview with Gary Lineker during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony in Belfast that he is regretful for the homophobic remarks.
“It’s taken me 27 years for me to get to where I am now. There are 7 billion people in the world but there’s only one heavyweight champion of the world and that’s me,” Fury opened his statements.
“If I’ve said anything in the past that’s hurt anybody, I apologize,’ said Fury regarding the controversy. I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody,” added Fury.
‘It’s all very tongue in cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person – it’s all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.’
At the end of the awards night, Fury finished fourth place behind this year’s winner, Andy Murray, for the BBC Sports Personality Award for 2015.