Tyson Fury has once again denied any malice towards homosexuals and stated reports that he is a bigot, sexist or racist are wide of the mark.
The 27 year-old has been hit with a ton of bad press in the past ten days since claiming the unified world heavyweight crown from ex-pound for pound star Wladimir Klitschko, for his forthright views on a number of subjects.
Further uproar came the boxers way when he was nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award last week, leading to several media figures and sportspeople calling Fury names such as ‘dickhead’, ‘bigot’ and ‘homophobe’.
Fury has hit back at those claims in an interview with the UK media on Thursday in which he clarified that if he was any of those things he’s been labelled in the press recently, he wouldn’t be afraid to just admit it outright.
“I’m not a yes man for nobody. If I say something I’ll back it up,” Fury told Sky Sports News HQ.
“If I was a homophobe I’d say it right now on camera. I wouldn’t think twice about it. I’d say it straight. If I was a sexist I’d say that straight as well.
“There nothing anybody can do to me to make me think; ‘Oh, I shouldn’t say that’ – I say what I’ve got to say and if I’m any of these things I’ll openly admit it. I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll say it no matter how many people it offends. I’ll say it.
“I’m not a homophobe, I’m not a sexist, I’m not a bigot, I’m not a racist, I am not any of those.”
“I’m a gypsy and I’ve been getting racist towards me for the past 27 years, but you don’t hear me complaining about it, do you?
“And nobody writes any newspaper articles about it. It is what it is, but I am not any of the above so you’ve heard it straight from the horses mouth.
“If I was, I’d say it straight to you right now. I’d tell the world this is what I am because I don’t have anything to hide,” he added.