Tyson Fury has been blasted by fans on social media for celebrating being crowned Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year – just a week after insisting he has “no need for verification or awards”.
The WBC heavyweight champion controversially urged BBC chiefs to take him off the shortlist for their Sports Personality of the Year prize earlier this month, having been nominated alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jordan Henderson and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
After being named on the six-person shortlist, Fury released a video message on social media and said: “Hi, this is Tyson Fury the ‘Gypsy King’ and this is a message for the BBC on their SPOTY award.
“Please take me off your list as I am the people’s champion and have no need for verification or any awards.”
Nevertheless, Fury clearly doesn’t include Ring Magazine’s prestigious Fighter of the Year gong in the same bracket, as on Monday he took to Twitter to wax lyrical about winning the award for a second time.
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Alongside unified world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, the Gypsy King was named co-Fighter of the Year for 2020 after producing a breathtaking win over Deontay Wilder back in February.
He posted a picture of the magazine cover on Twitter and wrote: “Overwhelmeing [sic] to become the 1st British fighter in history to win 2 @ringmagazine fighter of the year. 2015/2020 really honoured. This is the holy grail in boxing.
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“Now I’m 2 time Ring champion & 2 time fighter of the year. #itkeepsgettingbetter #world #linealking”.
Fans were quick to express their confusion at Fury’s acceptance of the award, given his Sports Personality of the Year snub last week.
One wrote: “Why was sports personality such an issue then?”
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Another sarcastically said: “The man that said he doesn’t need awards or recognition.. from bbc spoty awards. But brags about ring magazine award.
While one simply asked: “I thought you didn’t want awards?”
Fury was also named Ring Magazine’s fighter of the year in 2015 after dethroning legendary heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
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