Tyson Fury had apologized for his awkwardly sarcastic comments last week towards gays and women.
He made his apologies at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year [SPOTY] Awards.
Fury spoke at the ceremony in Belfast amid controversy over homophobic and sexist remarks.
It led to more than 130,000 people signing a petition to have the British fighter removed from the shortlist for BBC’s SPOTY awards.
At the ceremony, the British fighter said: ‘If I’ve said anything in the past that’s hurt anybody, I apologise.’
Asked about his remarks by Gary Lineker in a live on-stage interview at the Belfast event, Fury said:
‘I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody.
‘It’s all very tongue in cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person.
“It’s all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.’
Many in the audience booed when Fury’s name was read as a candidate for the Sports Personality of the Year award.
Matt Payton of Metro.co.uk passed along Fury’s original comments to the Mail on Sunday’s Oliver Holt that turned heads:
“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 one’s pedophilia.
“Who would have thought in the ’50s and ’60s that those first two would be legalised?”
As a result of those comments, approximately 140,000 signed a petition for the boxer to be removed from contention for the award.
There were also about 40 people outside the award site protesting.
Also, Tyson Fury has been advised to “avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments” by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Fury finished in fourth place for the Sports Personality award, which tennis player Andy Murray won.
Known for his sudden outburst, Fury had, last week fired home some anti-Semitism jibes.
Consequently, the group, Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) pushed for Tyson Fury to be banned from the sport of boxing.
A video of the heavyweight champion’s racist and homophobic rant had gone viral on the internet showing the self-righteous pugilist male caricature of his victims.
The group filed a complaint to the British Boxing Board of Control.
Manchester boxer Tyson Fury recently beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the heavyweight champion.
He will be defending his title in a championship rematch on July 9 in Manchester against Klitschko.
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