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Tyson Fury threatens BBC with legal action if he is included on Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 07/12/2021 George Flood
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Tyson Fury has once again stated his firm opposition to being considered for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, threatening legal action if he is nominated for the annual individual prize.

Last year, Fury did not want to be considered for SPOTY honours despite his sensational first victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas that saw him become a world heavyweight champion once again by capturing the WBC belt.

He was included on the BBC’s six-person shortlist regardless, with the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ later insisting that he had instructed his lawyers to write a letter demanding his removal from contention.

“This is a message for bbcsport and their SPOTY award - please take me off your list as I’m the people’s champion and have no need for verification or any awards,” Fury wrote. “I know who I am and what I’ve done in the sport. I have the love of the people which means more to me than all the awards in the world. To anyone who supports me, don’t vote.”

Fury’s bruising second win over Wilder in a classic trilogy bout back in October will have once again put the 33-year-old firmly in the running for the award, yet he has once again threatened the Beeb with legal action if he is included on this year’s shortlist.

“It means nothing to me, and I don’t need it or want it,” Fury told The Daily Telegraph.

“In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don’t. “We know who the sports personality of the year is anyway – it’s me.

“Who does what I do, goes through a war in Las Vegas, entertains the fans, and then sings to the audience?”

Fury was previously nominated for the SPOTY award in 2015 following his sensational upset victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany that saw him dethrone the long-serving champion and claim the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring titles, though such a nomination sparked controversy and petitions for him to be removed due to controversial comments.

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