Tyson Fury was atop the boxing world after defeating Vladimir Klitschko in November to stake his claim to the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight world championships.
Unfortunately, it appears as though a downward spiral could be in progress.
According to a report from BBC, Fury has already been stripped of his IBF title. Fury loses his title after passing up mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov in order to give Klitschko a rematch.
On top of losing one of his straps, Fury is currently being investigated by The Greater Manchester Police.
The investigation started once police were notified of a hate crime by Fury, according to the Associated Press. Fury made anti-gay comments to an interviewer last month, sparking the complaint.
“It says there will be a time when men lay with men and women lay with women and that’s accepted and it’s only in 1967 when these things were OK: abortions, being homosexual in public. So from 1967 until now. There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home,” Fury said.
“One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia. So who would have thought in the 50s and early 60s that those first two would be legalised. When I say paedophiles can be made legal, that sounds like crazy talk doesn’t it but back in the 50s and early 60s, for them first two to be made legal would have been looked on as a crazy man again.”
Ahhh, your typical out of touch comments from a well-known athlete.
Regardless of how much progress we continue to make in the world when it comes to acceptance, there will always be those who are rooted in bigotry and their own self-satisfying ways.
It is unlikely that Fury ends up facing charges as a result of those comments, but hopefully it will be something that opens his mind and allows him to be more thoughtful moving forward.
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