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Tyson Fury turned down the SPOTY award as he posted a snap from the all-white awards ceremony in New York despite being shortlisted

TYSON FURY showed his disdain for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by skipping the entire ceremony.

The Gypsy King, 33, was shortlisted for the award after take down Deontay Wilder in October to retain his WBC heavyweight world title.

Tyson Fury poses with his wife Paris in Central Park, New York City

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Tyson Fury poses with his wife Paris in Central Park, New York CityCredit: Instagram @ Gypsyking101
Fury completely empties the SPOTY . ceremony

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Fury completely empties the SPOTY . ceremony
Instead, Fury went into New York's attractions, including Times Square

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Instead, Fury went into New York’s attractions, including Times Square
Fury has been nominated for an award three times without winning

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Fury has been nominated for an award three times without winning

But he reacted angrily when he received nominations for SPOTY and even threatened to sue the BBC to put him on the six-man shortlist.

So it’s no surprise that he didn’t show up at the ceremony, with winner Emma Raducanu is also missing.

Instead, during the BBC ceremony, the boxer shared several photos of Instagram of a work trip he made to New York City.

He captioned the post: “Had the most amazing business trip ever to New York City with Paris Fury, James Ward, Brendan Lyondsen and SugarHill Steward… Christmas Special. # Worksdo2021”

Fury believes he’s the real sports personality after the event he showed off to wow fans in Las Vegas – twice hitting the canvas before returning to beat Wilder.

He told The Telegraph: “It (SPOTY) means nothing to me and I don’t need or want it.


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“Actually, they’ll hear from my attorneys if they put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don’t.

“And, either way, we know who the sports figure of the year is – it’s me.

“I’m a sports personality. Who does what I do, go through the fight in Las Vegas, entertain the fans, and then sing for the audience?”

This year is Fury’s third nomination for the award, followed in 2015 and 2018, but again he failed.

Raducanu won the popular vote after winning the US Open in qualifying – Olympic champions Tom Daly and Adam Peaty finished second and third respectively.

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Huynh Nguyen

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