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Bookies KO Tyson Fury’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year chances

Tyson Fury (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Tyson Fury may have won himself an army of new fans when he challenged for the world heavyweight boxing title last weekend, but the bookmakers are not expecting that to be translated into BBC Sports Personality of the Year success.


Despite dominating much of the contest and hauling himself off the canvas twice, Fury was denied the WBC title last weekend when judges controversially ruled his fight with Deontay Wilder as a draw, sparking outrage across the boxing world.

While Fury did not leave Los Angeles as a world heavyweight champion, he did leave with a much bigger fanbase than he had before signing on the dotted line to face unbeaten Wilder.

His public openness about his battle with mental illness and his decision to hand over his entire fight cheque to charity have been widely applauded, while his incredible recovery from that 12th round knockdown has become a viral sensation on social media.

But has all of this made him a contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

Fury was considered a front-runner for the award in 2015 after he dethroned long-time heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but a series of controversial comments turned voters against him and ended any chance he had of winning the gong.

The 30-year-old claimed that “a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on their back” and made tasteless comments about Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill while being filmed by online boxing channel IFL TV, and he later sparked outrage when he compared homosexuality to abortion and paedophilia during an interview with the Mail On Sunday.

Those comments have not been forgotten by many and although he is the fourth favourite in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year betting for this year, it would appear that Ladbrokes has not forgotten them either.

Fury is 6/1 to win the award on December 17, behind England World Cup hero Harry Kane (7/4), former rugby league star Geraint Thomas (9/4) and five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (4/1).


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Bookies KO Tyson Fury’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year chances

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