London - Tyson Fury has been asked to
attend a British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) hearing to explain his
controversial recent media comments, the organisation announced on Thursday.
Fury, 27, has been accused of homophobia
and sexism since dethroning longstanding world heavyweight champion Vladimir
Klitschko in Dusseldorf at the end of last month.
It has provoked a storm of criticism and
after meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter, the BBBC has summoned Fury to
appear before it in the new year.
"Mr Fury has been called for an
interview in the new year," BBBC general secretary Robert Smith told
Britain's Press Association. No date has yet been set for the meeting.
Over 130 000 people have signed a petition
calling for Fury to be removed from the shortlist for the BBC's prestigious
Sports Personality of the Year award.
He was also investigated by Greater
Manchester Police (GMP) after a member of the public reported him for
committing a "hate crime".
In a BBC radio interview this week, Fury
said: "Homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia - them three things need to
be accomplished before the world finishes. That's what the Bible tells
But a GMP Police spokesman gave Fury a rare
piece of good news when he revealed the fighter wouldn't face action over the
"The circumstances in which these
comments were made suggest that no criminal offence has taken place and this
matter will not be investigated any further," the spokesman said.
Fury has also been accused of sexism after
stating that a woman's place was "in the kitchen and on her back".
But in an interview with Sky Sports News
broadcast on Thursday, Fury denied that he was sexist or homophobic.
"I'm not a homophobe, I'm not a
sexist, I'm not any of those," he said. "I'm not a bigot, I'm not a
racist, I am a gypsy. I've (had people) being racist towards me for the past 27
"You don't hear me complaining about
it, do you? I don't write any newspaper articles about it.
"If the police are going to waste the
taxpayers' money in investigating Tyson Fury for being hated then that's just a
joke. It's a waste of taxpayers' money."
Fury won the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against
Klitschko, but has been stripped of the IBF belt for granting Klitschko a
rematch instead of facing mandatory International Boxing Federation challenger