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Tyson Fury Asks To Be Removed From BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Shortlist

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Tyson Fury Asks To Be Removed From BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Shortlist

Two-time heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has sent a video message to the BBC, telling them he doesn't want to win their 2020 Sports Personality Of The Year award.

The 32-year-old was confirmed on a list of six nominees earlier this week, joining Lewis Hamilton, Jordan Henderson, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stuart Broad and Hollie Doyle in the line-up.

But the WBC world heavyweight champion has now asked the BBC to remove his name from the shortlist.

In fact, he has asked his followers not to vote for him. "This is a message for the @bbcsport and there SPOTY award," he wrote on his official Twitter page.

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"Please take me off your list as I'm the people's champion and have no need for verification or any awards. I know who I am and what I've done in sport.

"I have the love of the people which is worth more to me than all the awards in the world. To anyone who supports me don't vote."


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The BBC announced the SPOTY news on Tuesday evening. On their website, they wrote the following about Fury's incredible year in sport.

"Boxer Tyson Fury produced a knockout display against rival Deontay Wilder to become the WBC world heavyweight champion.

"After a controversial draw in their first bout back in 2018, Fury was keen to seal victory in their Las Vegas rematch.

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"Wilder had held the WBC belt for five years and this fight was his 11th defence, but he was no match for the power and skill of Fury, who knocked the American down twice before his corner threw in the towel.

"Fury's win meant he became a two-time heavyweight champion and marked the long road to recovery after his battles with depression."

Tyson Fury's brother, Tommy, voiced his support for the 32-year-old shortly after Tuesday's announcement.

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Thoughts on Tyson Fury asking to be removed from the Sports Personality Of The Year shortlist? Has he got a point?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Tyson Fury/Twitter

Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, BBC, Boxing]

Jack Kenmare
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