New world Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is not off to a good start and could once again face renewed calls to be dropped from the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. An online video has emerged of Tyson Fury making sexist and misogynistic remarks, some of which reference fellow nominee Jessica Ennis-Hill.
In the video, Fury gives his views on women in general as well as his opinion on women in sport, especially boxing.
I think they are very nice when they’re walking around that ring holding them cards.
I like them actually, they give me inspiration, when I’m tired and I see them wiggling around with their round two, round eight…I think women in boxing is very good.
When pushed further on women actually boxing, Tyson Fury claimed he is “not a sexist”.
It’s up to everybody what they want to do. I’m all for it, I’m not a sexist. I believe if a man can to go work all his life a woman can. Who am I to say ‘don’t do that cos you’re a girl’?
But 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.
Tyson Fury was added to the BBC’s shortlist of Sports Personality of the Year after his surprise victory over Wladimir Klitschko and is one of the favorites to win the award. However, more than 40,000 people have already signed a petition calling for him not to be considered because of his homophobic views.
Fury did show some self-awareness on Twitter today:
Hopefully I don't win @BBCSPOTY as I'm not the best roll model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it, 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) December 4, 2015