Fury to face no punishment for controversial comments


The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) will not punish Tyson Fury over controversial comments the world heavyweight champion made in the media.

Fury experienced his finest hour when he sensationally beat long-time heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last November.

But the eccentric 27-year-old hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he offered opinions that were seen as sexist and homophobic.

The Brit was summoned to explain his comments to the BBBofC and has been reminded of his responsibilities after being quizzed on Tuesday.

A BBBofC statement said: "The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have interviewed Tyson Fury on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 following recent comments made in the media.

"Tyson Fury has made comments in the media that have caused offence to members of our society.

"However, there is no suggestion that he has broken the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression. In such circumstances, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have been advised that it cannot interfere with his basic human rights.

"Having said that, the Stewards of the Board have made it clear to him that as world heavyweight champion, arguably the holder of the most prestigious title in sport, there are heavy responsibilities upon him to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments.

"He has assured the Stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him and has expressed regret that he has caused offence to others, which was never his intention."