Homophobic boxer Tyson Fury stripped of IBF World Heavyweight title
Boxer Tyson Fury, who has been at the centre of media storm over his repeated homophobia and sexism has been stripped of his heavyweight title by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
British champ Fury, who has attempted to link homosexuality with pedophilia, was stripped of his title due to the previous champion demanding a rematch.
Last month, Fury beat long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko. In doing so, he took the four world championships belts that Klitschko held, but the Ukrainian boxer has confirmed that he will be taking advantage of his rights to a rematch.
Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, told the BBC: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt.”
Mr Tucker added: “Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.”
Fury has refused to apologise for claiming that once homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion are all made legal, the world will end.
The boxer also claims to have “evidence” that paedophilia was legalised by a fictional ‘Gay Rights Act 1977’ – but the BBC has resisted pressure to rescind his Sports Personality of the Year nomination.
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.”
Last week a challenger to Tyson Fury’s heavyweight champ title warned him to watch his mouth.
BBC News presenter Clive Myrie, during a live newspaper review on the BBC News channel branded Fury a “dickhead” after checking that it was “after the watershed”.