Fury: No chance I’ll win BBC vote

Daily Mail - - Sports Personality Of The Year - by JEFF POWELL Box­ing Cor­re­spon­dent @jeff­pow­ell_Mail

No sooner had Tyson Fury been added to the not-so-shortlist of can­di­dates for the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year Award than he said: ‘No chance.’

The 6ft 9in Gypsy King, who has just won five of the six world heavy­weight belts by de­thron­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko, the cham­pion who had been in­vin­ci­ble for a decade, added: ‘They will never let me win it be­cause I’m too con­tro­ver­sial and out­spo­ken.’

Fury went on to prove that very point by demon­strat­ing how he will never com­pro­mise, no mat­ter what the in­duce­ment.

He re­vealed he had re­fused to sip wa­ter in his Dus­sel­dorf sta­dium dress­ing room af­ter spring­ing Satur­day night’s huge up­set, for fear that the drink may be spiked to make him fail his drugs test. He also de­clared that the weigh-in

“I am just too out­spo­ken and con­tro­ver­sial”

had been rigged to try to make him be­lieve he was only a pound heav­ier than Kl­itschko ‘ even though I weighed al­most a stone more in my ho­tel bed­room an hour ear­lier at 18st 6lb’.

‘Af­ter the gloves and the spongy ring and the hand- wrap­ping,’ he said, ‘that was more of the cheat­ing.’

Fury was equally forth­right about the other Bri­tish sports­men who are the favourites to win the BBC award. He asked: ‘Has any­one else beaten a su­per- cham­pion this year? Taken him out? Taken away all his belts? Who’s done what?

‘So Lewis Hamil­ton has won the F1 cham­pi­onship and Andy Mur­ray has won the Davis Cup. Hamil­ton can win a race and it doesn’t mean any­thing. Mur­ray can win a ten­nis match and lose a ten­nis match and still have his pop­u­lar­ity. But who beat Wladimir Kl­itschko, the man they said couldn’t be beaten? An­swer: Tyson ‘Too Fast’ Fury.

‘There’s no point me think­ing about it. I’m not both­ered. If I don’t win any award, I’ve never ex­pected to win one any­way.’

Fury re­mains de­fi­ant in his de­ter­mi­na­tion to be his own man, no mat­ter how out­raged the re­ac­tion.

Asked, af­ter all the crit­i­cism of some of his more ex­treme re­li­gious con­vic­tions, if he saw him­self as a role model for kids he said: ‘ If they’re look­ing to be­come yesman, then no. But if they’re look­ing for some­one to teach them the re­al­ity of life then I’m their man. And I have the plat­form now.

‘If I say the colour is purple but it’s green, then it’s purple be­cause I’m the heavy­weight cham­pion of the world.’

Fury was talk­ing upon his re­turn to Lan­cashire from his ex­tra­or­di­nary vic­tory in the 55,000-ca­pac­ity Esprit Arena in Dus­sel­dorf.

Ex­plain­ing why he re­turned to his ho­tel de­hy­drated af­ter his unan­i­mous points vic­tory over Kl­itschko, he said: ‘We had good in­for­ma­tion telling us not to drink any­thing in the dress­ing room. I re­fused to touch wa­ter or any­thing be­cause I was ner­vous I might end up test­ing pos­i­tive for drugs.’

He also re­vealed that even af­ter the row about which gloves he would wear, which put the fight at risk un­til he was promised a pair to his lik­ing, he ‘still didn’t get the gloves I wanted but I de­cided to go ahead any­way’.

of the strange read­ing at the weigh-in, Fury said: ‘Not only was my weight well out but Wlad wore lifts in his heels to make him seem taller. But once we got in the ring it be­came ob­vi­ous that I was the much big­ger man.’

Point­ing to the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring mag­a­zine belts on the ta­ble in front of him, he said: ‘It was like I was a mon­goose who had to go into the co­bra’s nest and steal all the eggs.’

Fury, his un­cle- cum- trainer Peter and his fa­ther John are more riled by the at­tempts to play down his ma­jor up­set by cast­ing Kl­itschko as a has-been, even though the Ukrainian is ex­pected to in­voke his con­tract clause for a re-match.

The Man­cu­nian gi­ant would be happy for that bout to take place back in Ger­many.

Fury said: ‘ Wlad is a great cham­pion. Any­body who tries to di­lute my achieve­ment is just plain bit­ter or jeal­ous.’

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