World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has defended himself in the wake of ongoing controversy surrounding comments made by the fighter in a November interview.
Fury has been the focus of mass media attention regarding his views on homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia ever since being nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2015 for defeating Wladimir Klitschko.
BBC reporters have spoken out, with one labelling Fury a ‘dickhead’ live on air and another being suspended, whilst Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford has also been critical of the 27 year-old three belt world title holder.
Despite initially quoting Bible scriptures in response to media camped outside his house, Fury has now fully addressed the issue and assures those opposing his religious views that he hasn’t got a hateful bone in his body.
Fury urged the Sky Sports News HQ reporter interviewing him on Thursday to ask him directly if he was homophobic, to which he replied: “I’m definitely not. I don’t hate anybody.
“I wouldn’t be a very good Christian if I hated anybody. I have no enemies. I don’t hate any race, colour, creed, generation – nobody.
“You know, my team is one of the most diverse teams amongst religions in the world of boxing. We’ve got Jamaicans, we got Pakistani’s, and we’ve got Indians in there, Christians, Muslims. We are fully united so why don’t they broadcast that?
“Tyson Fury is uniting the world. Uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air. But we don’t hear about that do we?
“We don’t hear about the good things I’m doing. They just talk about the comments they want to twist to try and make me sound like I hate people.
“I love all of God’s children. We are all God’s children no matter what somebody does. It’s not up to me to judge them or you to judge them. God will judge them in good due time,” he added.