Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury under attack for sexist remarks

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Newly crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is in hot water again after a video of him making sexist remarks about women in boxing surfaced Friday.

Fury, one of the finalists for the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award, did an interview with an online boxing site in the run-up to last weekend’s upset win over Wladimir Klitschko, but it did not receive mainstream attention until this week.

When asked about women in boxing, Fury starts by discussing ring-card girls, not fighters.

“I think they are very nice when they’re walking around that ring holding them cards,” he said. “I like them actually; they give me inspiration when I’m tired and I see them wiggling around with their Round 2, Round 8. I think women in boxing is very good.”

He later acknowledges that women have the right to fight if they choose, but added his thoughts about their place in society:

“A woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on their back. That’s just my personal beliefs. Making me a good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.”

Fury, also compared homosexuality to pedophilia – something he has said numerous times in the past – and talked about how world and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill looks “fit” in a dress.

The BBC declined to remove Fury’s name from the list of finalists – the award is decided by a phone-in vote – but he tweeted that he doesn’t want to win:

“Hopefully I don’t win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the best roll (sic) model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it.”

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