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BOXING: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION TYSON FURY THREATENS LAWSUIT AGAISNT BBC

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Farouq Oduola A.

World Champion Tyson Fury has threatened to take legal action against the BBC if he is named on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

The heavyweight champion is one of the favourites for the award, and he is likely to be among the contenders, which will be revealed next week.

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He is adamant that he does not want to be a part of the pomp and ceremony, and has even stated that if he is picked, the organisation would ‘hear from his lawyers.’

It’s the second year in a row he has taken the stance on being shortlisted. 

Fury is very likely to be among the betting favourites following his spectacular triumph over fierce rival Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in October.

‘It means nothing to me, and I have no need or desire for it,’ Fury said.

‘In fact, if they do put me on the list, they will hear from my lawyers.  Give it to someone who is in need of it. I don’t.

‘And, besides, we already know who the sports personality of the year is: it’s me.’ I am the sports personality.

‘Who does what I do in Las Vegas, goes through a battle, entertains the fans, and then sings to the audience?’

Last year, the Gypsy King used the TV show Good Morning Britain to express his opposition to his inclusion, revealing that he had instructed his lawyers to write to the BBC.

Despite their efforts, the corporation refused to budge – even when Fury reaffirmed his position in an Instagram post.

He stated that he had “no need for verification or any awards,” and reiterated his self-declaration as the “people’s champion.”

Fury’s attempts were publicly rebuffed by the BBC, which as they stated that he will remain on the list.

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