He became the Heavyweight Champion of the World just over a week ago but have Tyson Fury’s comments about women and homosexuality ruined his chances of being a contender for the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award?
Petitions have been gathering thousands of signatures from people who say his comments are so sexist, homophobic and therefore dangerous he’s not worthy of winning a national sports prize. The BBC have even had to say that Tyson Fury’s beliefs are not supported by the media organisation.
About women he said that Ennis-Hill, a fellow contender for the award, “slaps up good”. He also said: “A woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back – that’s my personal belief.”
When put on the defensive in an interview with Channel 5 on Saturday night, the 27-year-old said: “If I am going to get in trouble for giving women compliments for wearing a dress, then what has the world come to? Listen, I’m the heavyweight champion of the world and people look up to me. If there’s any women in here tonight wearing dresses, I think everybody looks beautiful in a dress.”
Before his big fight with Kitschko where he won the Heavyweight belt he made comments comparing homosexuality and abortion to paedophilia and then afterwards attempted to play down his comments by saying they come straight from “the holy scriptures”.
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About his Christian faith he said after the career defining fight with Kitschko that “God gave me the victory” and he also wore a t-shirt with the slogan: “God is all things most high”.
In an interview with the Catholic Herald in Ireland he said that God gives talents and he is using his to the best of his ability, and boxing is just a sport. While his mother is a Protestant and his father is a Catholic, neither is practicing. His uncle, a born-again Christian and preacher, introduced him to religion. While he speaks in a very evangelical way he was particularly drawn to Catholicism.
He said that he goes to church every Sunday and reads the Bible, both of which give him strength to know that “if God is in my corner then no one can beat me.”
Back in a 2011 interview he said that he would not be ashamed of God but rather by putting Him first “everything will work out.”
“Everything is destined to be in life, every turn we take is planned.”
“From the first moment I laced on a pair of boxing gloves, there wasn’t one person in my family who didn’t believe I wasn’t going to be the heavyweight champion of the world,” he said. He added that he had become the first Traveller ever in history to win the world heavyweight championship and concluded that God gave him the victory.