Tyson Fury Snubs BBC SPOTY Award Nomination After Threatening Legal Action
Tyson Fury’s feud with BBC continues.
Fury said he is not willing to contribute to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday. The world heavyweight champion was named on the six-person shortlist earlier this week, despite previously threatening to enforce legal action if he was included.
“The BBC would never let me win even if I knocked out King Kong,” Fury told Daily Mail.
“I will be relaxed in the Florida sunshine while the BBC get on with their SPOTY in winter. Even if they did want to give me another Special Award, which they did once, I won’t be making another speech for them.”
His 2021 nomination stems from his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in – what many fans dub – one of the greatest heavyweight fights in recent history.
The British boxer was also shortlisted last year, which is when he threatened to take legal action if he was included again.
“It means nothing to me and I don’t need it or want it,” Fury said.
Fury came in fourth place in 2015 after his first world title win over Wladimir Klitschko. But there was a petition – with more than 140,000 signatures — calling for his removal from the shortlist after reported comments of homosexuality and pedophilia, which Fury went on to apologize for during the live show.
This year’s SPOTY nomination list includes athletes Emma Raducanu, Adam Peaty, Tom Daley, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey. Radaucanu is the favorite for the award after winning the US Open in September.