British Board conclude interview with Tyson Fury over controversial comments, release statement

Phil Jay 27/01/2016

Tyson Fury went in front of the BBBofC this week regarding comments made in a UK interview prior to winning the world heavyweight title in November.

The 27 year-old repeated his views upon defeating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf and faced a media backlash in the aftermath.

Fury’s public statements forced the Board to call the fighter in for a discussion about his behaviour, not for the first time, and General Secretary Robert Smith released the following statement on Wednesday.

Prior to the interview, Fury had already made a public apology.

The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have interviewed Tyson Fury on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 following recent comments made in the media.

Tyson Fury has made comments in the media that have caused offence to members of our society. However, there is no suggestion that he has broken the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression. In such circumstances, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have been advised that it cannot interfere with his basic human rights.

Having said that, the Stewards of the Board have made it clear to him that as World Heavyweight Champion, arguably the holder of the most prestigious title in sport, there are heavy responsibilities upon him to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments. He has assured the Stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him and has expressed regret that he has caused offence to others, which was never his intention.