Despite Controversy in 2020, Tyson Fury Once Again Gets Nominated for BBC’s 2021 SPOTY Award

Published 12/13/2021, 10:37 AM EST
Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking out Deontay Wilder (not pictured) during their WBC/Lineal heavyweight championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Once again, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been nominated for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s 2021 ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award. However, this nomination announcement comes as a surprise. Fury had threatened to sue the media corporation over the same award nomination last year.

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In fact, Tyson Fury has had a problem with the network for quite some time now. He was first nominated for the SPOTY award in 2015; however, he made some controversial comments and had launched a petition with 140,000 signatures for getting himself delisted. He finished fourth behind Andy Murray, Kevin Sinfield, and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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Fury was later nominated again for a six-person shortlist in 2020. He threatened the network with legal action if they did not fail to take his name down; however, BBC proceeded anyway and Fury secured the sixth and last position.

This year, Fury has been nominated yet again for the 2021 SPOTY award. The other Five athletes who made the cut were- Tom Daley (Diving), Adam Peaty (Swimming), Sarah Storey (Cycling/ Swimming), Raheem Sterling (Soccer), and Emma Raducanu (Tennis).

Tyson Fury really does not want to be nominated for the SPOTY award

However, it might not be a wise move for the BBC network to enlist ‘The Gypsy King’ as a nominee for this year’s award. Earlier this week, the WBC heavyweight champion made it very clear that this award means nothing to him and he has even threatened to get his “solicitors” involved if the BBC enlist him again.

It means nothing to me and I don’t need it or want it. In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don’t.

Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury before the fight REUTERS/Steve Marcus

We know who the sports personality of the year is anyway – it’s me. I am the sports personality. Who does what I do, goes through a war in Las Vegas, entertains the fans, and then sings to the audience?said Tyson Fury.

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Do you think Fury will accept the award if he is declared as the winner?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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