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Tyson Fury attempts to play down sexist remarks

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Saturday night sought to play down his recent controversial remarks, saying: "If I am going to get in trouble for giving women compliments for wearing a dress, then what has the world come to?"

Fury -- who stunned Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts last weekend -- made outspoken comments about homosexuality in the build-up to the fight, and since then a YouTube video has emerged of the 27-year-old speaking about women and in particular Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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The video, published on Nov. 25, has Fury saying that Ennis "[cleans] up good", while he adds: "A woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back -- that's my personal belief.''

His remarks will be on the agenda when the British Boxing Board of Control meets on Wednesday.

Speaking in the ring at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton on Saturday evening, he made a ham-fisted attempt to set the record straight.

"Listen, I'm the heavyweight champion of the world and people look up to me," he said on Channel Five. "If there's any women in here tonight wearing dresses, I think everybody looks beautiful in a dress.

"If I am going to get in trouble for giving women compliments for wearing a dress, then what has the world come to?"

Put to him that he was the heavyweight champion of the world and his opinions carried weight, he replied: "Look, the proof is in the pudding with me. Watch this space. Don't judge me on a couple of comments. Watch what I do."

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