Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tyson Fury in further hot water over 'b******' rant

Published 14/04/2016 | 08:05

Tyson Fury has risked another controversy after saying about Eddie Hearn, the promoter of British heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua, that he would “give him a slap around the ear like we do to our bitches”.

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The comments drew gasps at a London press conference where Fury was promoting his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko but the Mancunian could not resist having a dig at Hearn, the son of veteran boxing and snooker promoter Barry.

Fury believes that Hearn Jnr, managing director of Matchroom Sport, has shown him a lack of  respect. “He has had a lot to say but he wouldn’t say anything around me,” said Fury, the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion, who beat Klitschko on points in Germany in November and will face the Ukrainian again in Manchester on July 9.

“He’s a daddy’s boy and I’d give him a slap around the ear like we do to our bitches”.

Upon seeing the reaction of the journalists and others present, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, was quick to clarify the boxer’s comments.

“Before you make a story from it, he [Fury] was on about other boxers, he was in no way referring to women.”

Nonetheless, Fury’s outspoken manner has caused another contentious moment in the fighter’s career.

He has been accused of making homophobic and sexist remarks in the past, including a hugely controversial comment about Jessica Ennis-Hill in the build-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards last year.

Fury also had a backhanded compliment for Joshua, who took the International Boxing Federation title last weekend when he knocked out the American Charles Martin.

“He’s No 1 for me – the No 1 moneymaker anyways,” he said. “He’s a good fighter and he’ll make me a lot of money, but don’t bet your house on him.

“You can knock people out all you want, but it’s about what you do when you get hit back. Joshua has only been hit once [by Dillian White] and he nearly went to bits.

“When you step into proper world class, it’s one mistake you’re out. He’s not invincible. If you can get put down with amateur gloves and a headguard then imagine when you get hit on the chin with 10-ounce gloves with rocks.

“It ain’t a big thing to get knocked down or take a wobble, it’s about what you do when you get knocked down in the canvas, and only true champions get back up and win the fight.”

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