Fury comments up for Board discussion

The British Boxing Board of Control are set to discuss controversial comments made by new heavyweight champion Tyson Fury when they meet next Wednesday.

Fury, who recently defeated Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA Super, IBF and WBO belts, controversially suggested homosexuality should be made illegal along with abortion in an interview last month and compared homosexuality to paedophilia.

Fury told The Mail on Sunday: "There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home. One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia."

The Manchester-born boxer is again in the spotlight after controversial comments came to light in a video released online this week in which he makes sexist remarks, some directed at Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.

In a statement provided to Sky Sports by Fury’s father, the 27-year-old claims that he isn’t homophobic and is aware of his position as a role model to others.

"I am aware of the recent newspaper articles and I would like to put on record that I am not homophobic," Fury said.

"I have homosexual friends and I do not judge them because of their sexuality. My comments that you may have read are from the Holy Scriptures and this is what I live from.

"I am aware of my position as the Heavyweight champion of the world and the responsibility that this brings. I am also aware of my position as a role model and I hope to be a positive ambassador for the sport of boxing for many years to come."

Fury sparked further outrage this week after a video emerged on YouTube of him talking about his views on women. On the video he said: "A woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that's my personal belief."

At one point, he was asked about his thoughts on British heptathlete Ennis-Hill, to which Fury responded: "That's the runner isn't it?

"I think she's good, she's won quite a few medals for Britain, she slaps up good as well, when she's got a dress on she looks quite fit."