Tyson Fury slams BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a FIX for not being nominated despite historic 12 months
TYSON Fury has labelled the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards a FIX after he failed to make the six-person shortlist.
The Gypsy King – who headlined in Las Vegas twice this year as well as appearing in WWE – has taken to Twitter to state all the reasons why he should have been nominated.
As well as his outings in the squared circle, the 31-year-old also teamed up with Robbie Williams to record a Christmas song, while he also went on a 21-day UK tour where he openly discussed his mental health problems.
Taking to social media, the unbeaten heavyweight said: “This year, 2 defences of the lineal title in Vegas, WWE fight in Arabia, Best selling autobiography, Christmas single with Robbie & ITV documentary, And mental health tour.
“What sports personality has done more this year??? And I won’t get a mention, it’s a fix!!!”
No boxer was named on the shortlist, with Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, six-time world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and England’s Cricket World Cup-winning hero Ben Stokes nominated.
Completing the list is Welsh rugby star Alun Wyn Jones, world heptathlon champ Katrina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith – who picked up three medals at the World Athletics Championship.
Fury – who is expected to face Deontay Wilder in a rematch for the WBC title on February 22 – has revealed he is open to fighting in the Octagon in the future, inlcuding current UFC champ Stipe Miocic.
Speaking on the True Geordie Podcast, he said: “I’ve got three fights on my boxing contract, when they are up I’m coming for every UFC heavyweight there is.”
He added: “Stipe, he can’t box, it wouldn’t be a boxing contest, but in that world I’d be intrigued to see if he can take what I can put out, for sure.
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“I look at Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic, and they’re like six-round bill fillers if they were boxers – they wouldn’t even win Central Area titles.
“I’ve been hit by the biggest punchers in boxing history – Deontay Wilder, all knockouts, Dr Steelhammer, 60-odd knockouts, and I’m still here telling the story.
“Their game isn’t to go standing up with me and punching, because there’s only one winner, me with them 4oz gloves on.”