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Tyson Fury asked to explain comments by British Boxing Board of Control

Tyson Fury's controversial fortnight as the world heavyweight champion took another turn on Thursday when he was summonsed to meet the British Board of Control for Boxing in the new year.

Fury will be asked to explain recent comments he has made relating to homosexuals and paedophiles in the wake of his upset win over long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 28.

The 27-year-old has remained defiant throughout the ensuing public backlash -- with calls for the boxer to be removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award shortlist -- and on Thursday he made another impassioned defence of his polarising views when he denied he was a homophobe while also insisting he was "uniting the world".

The BBBC confirmed that it had informed Fury on Wednesday night, following a meeting to discuss the matter, that it wanted to discuss his comments at a date still to be confirmed.

It is not the first time Fury will face the BBBC after he was fined £3,000 and warned about his future conduct in 2013 after describing Liverpool fighters David Price and Tony Bellew as "gay lovers" in an abusive message on Twitter.

High-profile promoter Eddie Hearn said Fury had an obligation to be a role model now that he was world champion, but believes he deserves to remain on the SPOTY shortlist given his performance in the ring against Klitschko.

Fury has claimed he is not interested in winning the BBC prize, insisting he has "more personality in the end of my little finger'' than his shortlisted rivals.

He has not ignored the controversy about his candidacy, however, which included comments about heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who he said "slaps up good" and "looks quite fit" in a dress, and that a women's place is in the kitchen.

Fury also said in an interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 this week: "Homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia -- them three things need to be accomplished before the world finishes. That's what the Bible tells me."

Fury made another media appearance on Thursday when he was directly asked if he was a homophobe in a Sky Sports News interview, saying: "No, definitely not. I wouldn't be a very good Christian if I hated anybody, would I? If Jesus loves the world, I love the world."

Fury believes his words have been twisted in the media and said the ethnicity of the team he works with was an example of how he was "uniting Christians and Muslims".

He said: "My team is one of the most diverse teams amongst religions in the world of boxing.

"We've got Jamaicans in there, we've got Pakistanis in there, we've got Indians in there; Christians, Muslims, we're all united. What about that? Why don't they broadcast that?

"Tyson Fury is uniting the world. Uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air. We don't hear about that, do we?"

Greater Manchester Police said that it would not be taking further hate crime allegations against the boxer. Fury had labelled complaints a "joke" and instead suggested he should file a complaint for abuse he claims he has received.

"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," he said.

The force said that while the comments had been recorded as a "hate incident", it was taking no further action after interviewing the complainant.

A GMP spokesman said: "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."

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