Disgraced boxer Tyson Fury, who is amid a furore over a number of controversial comments, has claimed a fictional gay rights Act of Parliament backed legalising paedophilia.

Fury, who became the heavyweight champ last month, has attracted attention in recent weeks for his anti-gay views, after claiming homosexuality will bring about the end of times.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Tyson Fury poses for a portrait during a training session at Team Fury Gym ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora on November 6, 2014 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The boxer has denied having anti-gay views, but back in 2013 he was fined by £3000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for calling Lennox Lewis “100% homosexual”.

Despite his views, Fury has controversially nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award – attracting criticism from both Commons leader Chris Grayling and Labour shadow minister Chris Bryant.

Now a new interview has surfaced in which Fury claims the ‘Gay Rights Act 1977’, which does not exist, was backed by supporters of legalising paedophilia.

He says that once homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion are all made legal, the world will end.

“I have newspaper evidence that suggest that the Gay Rights Act of 1977 backed in favour of paedophilia being legalised in the UK. So how dare I say that, but how dare it be on the national paper…. These are the people, these are now politicians or whatever in the country…”

In the interview, available to view below, Fury also made derogatory comments about Olympic runner Jessica Ennis-Hill, and women in general.

He said: “That’s the runner, isn’t it? I think she’s good, she’s won quite a few medals for Britain, she slaps up good as well, when she’s got a dress on she looks quite fit.”

Later, he says: “I’m all for it. I’m not sexist.

“I think they are very nice when they’re walking around that ring holding them cards.

“I believe if a man should go to work all his life, a woman can go to work as well. If you’re not good enough, you won’t make it anyway. Who am I to say don’t you do that because you’re a girl? What I believe is 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.”

He has taken to Twitter, to say he was trying to pay Ennis-Hill a compliment.

After a petition calling for his nomination to be dropped, now at 53,000 signatures, Fury has taken to Twitter – to claim he doesn’t want the award anyway.

The boxer wrote:  “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 [prayer emojis].”

However, he also added: “I’ve got more personality than all the other competitors put together in this years @BBCSPOTY who can compete with my sporting achievement!

“The Gypsy King, & the heavyweight champion of the world, will not be silenced I’ll always speak my mind, Like it or lump it, in Jesus name.”

Despite his comments, the BBC says it will not alter the nominations.

A spokesperson said: “The Sports Personality shortlist is compiled by a panel of industry experts and is based on an individual’s sporting achievement – it is not an endorsement of an individual’s personal beliefs either by the BBC or members of the panel.”

Watch the interview below: