LONDON • New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has sparked fresh controversy with derogatory remarks about women, including Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.
"I believe a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back. Making me a good cup of tea, that's what I believe," the 27-year-old is heard saying in an interview filmed by online boxing channel IFL TV.
Asked for his opinion on women in boxing, he talked about the ring girls rather than athletes.
"I think they are very nice when they're walking around that ring holding them cards," he said.
Asked about British heptathlete Ennis-Hill, he said: "I think she's good, she's won quite a few medals for Britain, she slaps up good as well, when she's got a dress on, she looks quite fit."
The YouTube footage was uploaded on Nov 25.
Fury responded to the storm by sending a message to Ennis-Hill's official Twitter account that claimed he did not see what all the fuss was about.
"If I'm going to get in trouble for giving a woman a compliment, what has the world come to, I said u look fit in a dress?" he tweeted.
In an interview in the Mail On Sunday last month, he drew widespread criticism for condemning the legalisation of homosexuality and abortion.
"My faith and my culture is based on the Bible," he said.
The BBC has now come under immediate pressure to remove Fury from the list of nominations for its prestigious end-of-year Sports Personality of the Year (Spoty) award.
But a BBC spokesman defended its decision to have the boxer in the 12-name shortlist, saying this was "not an endorsement of an individual's personal beliefs".
"The Sports Personality shortlist is compiled by a panel of industry experts and is based on an individual's sporting achievement," the spokesman noted.
A petition asking the BBC to remove Fury from the shortlist had attracted more than 45,000 signatures on Friday.
"The BBC clearly do not understand that by nominating Fury... they are putting him up as a role model to young people all over the UK and the world," the petition's founder, Scott Cuthbertson, said .
Amid growing criticism, Fury said on Friday that he did not want to win the award, tweeting: "Hopefully I don't win @BBCSPOTY as I'm not the best roll model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it."
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN